To Richard Bache
AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress
Passy, Nov. [i.e., December]4 10. 1781
The Bearer Count Beniousky, a Hungarian Gentleman of Distinction, goes to America with some Intention of settling there, if he shall find the Country agreable.5 He is much esteemed by Persons of Consideration here, and I earnestly recommend him to your Civilities. I have ordered Claret to you by various Opportunities, and hope some of it will be arriv’d before you receive this. I have heard lately from Benny, who was well.6 I am ever, Your
4. Benyowzky requested this recommendation on Dec. 9, above. BF also wrote Robert Morris this day (below) on the Count’s behalf.
5. In fact, Benyowzky was to present a proposal to George Washington and to Congress to form a foreign legion of German soldiers under his command in the service of the United States. For an account of these efforts see Eufrosina Dvoichenko-Markov, “Benjamin Franklin and Count M. A. Benyowski,” APS Proc., XCIX (1955), 408, 410–11. See also JCC, XXII, 261, 296–8, 308–9; William T. Hutchinson, et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (17 vols., Chicago and London, 1962–91), IV, 295–7, 300–2, 309–11, 349, 366.
6. BFB wrote on Nov. 20, above.