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From Benjamin Franklin to Joseph-Mathias Gérard de Rayneval, 22 August 1783

To Joseph-Mathias Gérard de Rayneval

LS:1 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères

Passy, 22. Augt 1783.

Dear Sir,

Mr Carnes2 having informed me that my Application is necessary to his obtaining a Personal Safety or Sauf Conduite, in order to afford him the Time necessary to get the Consentment of his distant Creditors, to his obtaining Lettres de Sur-seances for the space of Six Months: I hereby request you would comply with his Request, not doubting but that he is worthy of the Goodness you are pleased to shew him.

I have the honour to be, with great and sincere Esteem Dear Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Sert.

B Franklin

M. De Raynevalle

1In the hand of WTF.

2Burrill Carnes (b. 1761), a young merchant from Massachusetts, was currently established in Nantes. He would be named American consul in that city in 1790: Carnes to WTF, Aug. 23, 1783 (APS); George H. Lewis, “Edmund Lewis of Lynn and Some of His Descendants,” Hist. Coll. of the Essex Institute, XLIII (1907), 129; Walter B. Smith II, America’s Diplomats and Consuls of 1766–1865: a Geographic and Biographic Directory … (Washington, D.C., 1986), p. 145.

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