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To Benjamin Franklin from Silas Deane, 22 May 1781

From Silas Deane

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Paris 22d. May 1781

Dear sir

I am at last determined on sending my Son to an Academy near Brussels, for a short Time, & having an Opportunity for his going in a few Days pray You to give him a Passport, for which he has the honor to wait on You, & to take his leave.8

I am with The highest respect Dear sir Your most Obedt & Very humle servt

S Deane

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin / Ministere Plenipote. / des Etats Unis de / L’Amerique Septe. / Passy.

Notation: S. Deane. 22 May 1781

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Deane was dissatisfied with the education his sixteen-year-old son Jesse (XXV, 646) was receiving in France: Deane Papers, IV, 303. We have not located his passport but he was in the Austrian Netherlands in mid-June. His father planned a trip to Ghent, but it was delayed; he was still in Paris in early July: Deane Papers, IV, 393–4, 418, 446.

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