Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Vergennes, 18 January 1783

To Vergennes

ALS: Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; copies: Library of Congress (two), Massachusetts Historical Society

Passy, Jany. 18. 1783 at 10 P.M.


Agreable to the Notice just receiv’d from your Excellency, I shall acquaint Mr Adams with your Desire to see us on Monday before 10 aClock, at Versailles; and we shall endeavour to be punctual. My other Colleagues are absent: Mr Laurens being gone to Bath in England to recover his Health; and Mr. Jay into Normandy.1 With great Respect I have the honour to be, Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant

B Franklin

I shall bring my Grandson as you direct.
M. le Comte de Vergennes.

1Jay visited Normandy in company with Matthew Ridley. They left Paris on Jan. 7 and returned on Jan. 23: Morris, Jay: Peace, pp. 487–8.

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