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To Benjamin Franklin from the Marquis de Lafayette, 22 January 1782

From the Marquis de Lafayette6

L: American Philosophical Society

a Paris le 22 Janvier 1782

Le marquis de Lafayette Scachant que Monsieur de francklain est un peut Incommodé le marquis de Lafayette n’aura pas lhonneur de le voir ce Soir, Il prie Monsieur de francklain de lui mander si le poura voir demain a midy il Sy rendra sans manquer.

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur de francklain / Ministre des Provinces unies / De Lamerique / a Passy

Notation: Le Marquis de Lafayette 22. Janr. 1782.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Lafayette had arrived in Paris the previous day. The Queen herself brought his wife home from the banquet at the Hôtel de Ville (in honor of the birth of the dauphin) in order to greet him. On Jan. 22 he reported to the King and paid his respects. Soon he was rewarded for his services in Virginia by promotion to maréchal de camp: Louis Gottschalk, Lafayette and the Close of the American Revolution (Chicago, 1942), pp. 348–50; Jour. de Paris, Feb. 2, 1782.

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