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From Benjamin Franklin to Vergennes, 14 December 1783

To Vergennes

LS:2 American Philosophical Society

Passy, 14. Decr 1783.


Permit me to introduce to your Excellency the Bearer Mr Nesbitt a very respectable American Merchant settled at L’Orient. He will himself have the honor of communicating to you the Business he is come to Paris upon, and I request your Excellency will give him a favourable Audience & that support which the nature of his Case seems to merit.3

With great Respect & Esteem I am, Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble Sert.,

B Franklin

His Exy. Count de Vergennes.—

Endorsed: M De R.4

Notations: Franklin / recommandation en faveur de M. Nesbit marchand americain

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2In WTF’S hand.

3Nesbitt was attempting to resolve a dispute over the premium demanded by the French insurers of the Nancy; see his letters of Oct. 20 and 27.

4Gérard de Rayneval.

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