Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to the Marquis de Ségur, 8 December 1781

To the Marquis de Ségur6

AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Dec. 8. 1781


The Chevalier Du Buysson, who has served with Distinction in the American War, & whose Conduct has been much approv’d by Congress, has requested me to present the enclos’d Memorial to your Excellency. If his Request is not irregular, and what he desires inconvenient, I hope it may be favourably considered.7 With great Respect, I am, Sir, Your Excellency’s

Mons. le Marquis de Segur

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6The French minister of war.

7Dubuysson’s efforts seem eventually to have enjoyed some success. He had already been appointed a colonel of marines (naval and colonial troops) and on June 12, 1782, he was given a pension and a salary until he received a regular command. He did not find such a command, however. In 1785 he received the cross of St. Louis and was made a viscount: DBF; Bodinier, Dictionnaire; Lasseray, Les Français, I, 193–4.

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