Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Gérard de Rayneval, 22 September 1781

To Gérard de Rayneval

LS:4 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Sept. 22. 1781.


The enclosed Letters have been put into my Hands relative to the Passport, which I sometime since desired, at the Request of M. de Cornie, for the Passage of Linens from Metz thro’ France for America.5 I find that M. de Malesherbes interests himself in the Affair, I suppose upon the Recommendation of M. de la Luzerne.6 You will judge on reading these Letters whether the Passport can properly be given or not: If M. le Comte de Vergennes does not think it improper, I shall be glad to have it as soon as possible.

With great Esteem I have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient and most humble Servant

B Franklin

M. de Raynevall

Endorsed: rep7

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4In Mumford’s hand, except for the last seven words of the complimentary close, which are in BF’s.

5We do not know what letters he enclosed; he had requested the passport in his Sept. 9 letter, above.

6BF’s friend Chrétien-Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes (XVI, 207n; XIX, 372n; XXI, 438n; XXV, 686n) was the uncle of La Luzerne: XXXII, 54n.

7We have not found a response, although Vergennes wrote BF on the subject on Oct. 22, below.

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