Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Vergennes, 20 November 1781

To Vergennes

LS:8 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; AL (draft): Library of Congress

Passy, Novr. 20. 1781.


Your very obliging Letter communicating the News of the important Victory at York, gave me infinite Pleasure.9 The very powerful Aid afforded by his Majesty to America this Year, has rivetted the Affections of that People, and the Success has made Millions happy. Indeed the King appears to me from this and another late Event,1 to be le plus grand Faiseur d’heureux that this World affords. May God prosper him, his Family & Nation to the End of Time!

I am, with Respect, Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant.

B Franklin

His Exy. the Count de Vergennes

Endorsed: M. De R.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8In WTF’s hand.

9Vergennes’ letter is above, Nov. 19. BF celebrated the news by distributing 600 l.t. (from his public account) among the poor of Passy: Account XXVII (XXXII, 4), under the date of Dec. 15.

1The birth of the dauphin: XXXV, 638.

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