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From Benjamin Franklin to Kéralio, [on or after 20 November 1781]

To Kéralio

AL (draft): Library of Congress

[on or after November 20, 1781]4

I received my dear Friend’s kind Felicitations, and thank him for them, and beg him to accept mine in Return. The well founded Joy too of our excellent and most amiable Friend,5 doubles mine. Her great Sensibility sometimes gives her Pain, but the same must make her Pleasures more exquisite. I enjoy with her the great Honour her Sons6 have acquir’d in fighting so bravely for our glorious Cause; and rejoice that one of them is return’d in Safety to her Arms.— God bless the whole Family.

Enclos’d are all the Details, that I have receiv’d:7 I send them, as you desir’d it, tho I imagine you have receiv’d such as are more ample.

With sincere & great Esteem & Affection, I am ever Yours


M. le Chevr. de Keralio

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4In response to the immediately preceding letter. The fact that BF indicates that Guillaume de Deux-Ponts “is returned” (rather than “is returning”) leads us to suspect it might have been written after Nov. 24, when the young man was reunited with his family: Samuel Abbott Green, ed., My Campaigns in America: a Journal Kept by Count William de Deux-Ponts, 1780–81 (Boston, 1865), p. 155.

5The duchesse de Deux-Ponts, Guillaume’s mother.

6Guillaume’s older brother Christian (XXVIII, 539n) commanded the Royal Deux-Ponts regiment during the Yorktown campaign: Rice and Brown, eds., Rochambeau’s Army, I, 29n, 117, 159n; II, 173.

7Quite likely news of Yorktown.

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