Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Samuel Courtauld II, 10 April 1782

From Samuel Courtauld II3

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Paris 10 April 1782


I have the honor to acquaint you my departure is put off ’till Sunday next, being under the necessity of returning to Versailles tomorrow for an Order to go with the Convoy.4

I have the honor to be with Respect sir Your most Obt. humble servt.

Saml. Courtauld

Notation: Saml. Courtauld Paris 10. april 1782.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Identified in XXXVI, 406n. In anticipation of his emigration to America he signed an oath of allegiance to the United States: XXXVI, 545n.

4In a letter dated only “Friday morng.” (April 12), Courtauld informed BF that his departure was fixed for Sunday evening, on which day he would wait on BF to receive his commands (APS). BF gave him a passport on April 14: XXXVI, 379. The convoy never made it out of French waters (see our annotation of BF to Morris, April 8), and Courtauld was still in Paris in September: XXXVI, 406n.

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