Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Lafayette, 21 June 1782

From Lafayette

ALS: Library of Congress

Versailles june 21st [1782] friday Evening

My Dear Sir,

Having Nothing New to Communicate I will Remain this day at Versailles, and will Wait on Your Excellency in the Course of to morrow’s Morning— Mr. Grenville Has dined with Count de Vergennes, and is Going Again to write to London8—if this Goes on, at Least it Goes at A Moderate Gate— I Hope Your Health is Better, and Have the Honor to Be with Great Respect Your Affectionate ser and friend


Addressed: His Excellency / Mr. franklin A m p9 / Passy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Grenville wrote Fox that day about his conference with Vergennes. He confessed that in his embarrassment about the ambiguous nature of his powers he had “purposely avoided” seeing BF: Giunta, Emerging Nation, I, 434–5.

9American minister plenipotentiary.

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