Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to David Salisbury Franks, 7 February 1782

To David Salisbury Franks

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Feb. 7. 1782.


I have just received your Letter dated the 26th. past at L’Orient, acquainting me that you were at Nantes on the Sunday following in your Way to Madrid, and that you would wait there my Orders; for which I am sorry, as I have none to give you; having imagin’d from your former Letters that you were gone long since for America. I think you cannot do amiss in following the orders of Mr. Jay;3 The Marqs. de La Fayette has probably already forwarded the Dispatches to him. I wish you a good Journey, and have the honour to be, Sir, &c

Mr. Franks.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Franks remained with Jay through the end of April and did not arrive in America until July: Morris, Jay: Peace, pp. 217–18. This is the final extant communication between BF and Franks, for whose later career see Morris Papers, I, 255–6n.

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