Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to the Chevalier de Vernier, 10 January 1782

To the Chevalier de Vernier

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Jany. 10. 1782.


I received the Letter you did me the honour of writing to me the 8th. Instant desiring Information relating to the Death of a French officer named Vernie, supposed to have been in the Service of the united States.2 I wish it were in my Power to comply with your Request. But no Account has ever been sent to me of the Foreign officers in our Service, and I seldom know anything of them but what I see in the Newspapers. I do not recollect to have heard anything of the Death of Mr. Vernie. Possibly some of the officers that came lately from America since the Reduction of Yorktown, may be able to give you some Account of him. If not, perhaps you may obtain it by writing to Mr. De La Luzerne Minister from this Court at Philadelphia. I have the [honor] to be with great Regard. Sir, &c—

Mr. Vernier Chr. de St. Louis, à Versailles.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Vernier had first written on Dec. 16; that letter, which proposed a meeting at Versailles, is described in the headnote to the Favor Seekers, Dec. 26, above. On Jan. 8, unable to keep that meeting, Vernier asked for a written clarification of the circumstances of Vernié’s death as well as a death certificate, the whole to be sent care of M. d’Avrange, commissaire des guerres and chef du bureau de la guerre (Almanach royal for 1781, pp. 174, 242). APS.

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