Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Charles Grant, 28 September 1782

From Charles Grant

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

paris Street anjou st. honoré 28—7bre. 1782:


I am extreamly oblidg’d to you for the Book you was so Kind as to lend me, it has much contributed to augmente my desir to go next spring to america,9 I only wish to find means to be usefull either in the field of war, either as citizen of the world, and particularly as an admirer of the laws who established security in general, and conserve liberty: with them a considerable new soil wich offers immense ressources to a lover of agriculture. There the objets of my wishes, for which I shall continue to ask, sir, your Kind good offices and protection, begging youl be persuaded of the true sentiments of veneration and respect with which I have the honour to be sir Your most obedient and humble servant [illegible]

Vte. de vaux-Grant.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9The book was probably Crèvecœur’s Letters from an American Farmer, which the author sent BF in July: XXXVII, 628.

Grant remained in France until 1790, when he fled to Scotland and sought the assistance of the British Grants. He supported himself by writing on various subjects, and tried to organize the emigration to Canada of French royalists living in Britain: John Weatherford, “The Vicomte de Vaux: Would-be Canadian,” Ontario History, XLVII (1955), 51–7. He also publicized his difficulties in two pamphlets: Appendix to the State of the Case of Major-General Charles Grant, Viscount de Vaux, … (London, [1806?]) and A Statement of the Circumstances concerning Major-General Charles Viscount Grant de Vaux (London, 1812).

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