Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Lafayette, [20 June 1782]

From Lafayette

ALS: American Philosophical Society; transcripts:1 National Archives, Massachusetts Historical Society

Versailles Thursday Morning [June 20, 1782]2

My Dear Sir

Agreable to Your Desire I Have Waited Upon Count de Vergennes and said to Him What I Had in Command from Your Excellency— He Intends taking the King’s orders this Morning, and Expects He Will Be Able to propose Mr. Grenville a Meeting for to Morrow where He Will Have Him to Explain Himself Respecting france and Her Allies,3 that He May Make an official Communication Both to the King and the Allied Minister—4 What Count de Vergennes Can Make out of this Conversation Will Be Communicated By Him to Yo [Your] Excellency in Case You are able to Come—in the other Case I Will Wait Upon You to Morrow Evening with Every Information I Can Collect— I Have the Honor to Be very Respectfully My dear sir Your obedient servant and affectionate friend


Notation: Mr. de La Fayette Versailles 20th. June 1782

1In BF’s journal of the peace negotiations.

2Below Lafayette’s dateline, an unknown hand wrote “20th,” to which BF added “June 82”.

3For Vergennes’ meeting with Grenville see our annotation of the June 21 entry in BF’s journal of the peace negotiations.

4Either Lafayette means so that Grenville may make an official communication both to George III and Oswald or, more likely, so that Vergennes may make an official communication both to Louis XVI and BF.

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