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From Benjamin Franklin to Richard Bache: Three Letters, 8 April 1782

To Richard Bache: Three Letters

(I), (II), and (III) Copy: Library of Congress


Passy, April 8. 1782.

Dear Sir,

This will be delivered to you by M. le Prince de Broglie, who goes to America to join the Army of General Rochambeau.5 He is a zealous Friend of our Cause and Country, and much esteem’d by all that know him. I recommend him earnestly to your Civilities, and request you would render him all the Services in your Power. I am ever. Your Affectionate Father. &c.

My Love to Sally & the Children. Ben is well

Mr. Bache.


Passy, April 8. 1782.

Dear Sir,

You will have the honour of receiving this by the Hands of the Count de Segur, Son of the Minister of War, a most amiable and intelligent young Nobleman, who goes over to join the Army of M. le Comte de Rochambeau, and fight for America & the Cause he loves of Liberty. I request you would introduce him to General Lincoln,6 to the Governor,7 to Mr. Morris and to such others of your principal People as you judge proper, and that you would render him all the Services in your Power which will very much oblige, Your Affectionate Father.

Mr. Bache.


Passy, April 8. 1782.

Dear Son,

Mr. Moulan who will present this to you, goes over to join the Army of M. le Comte de Rochambeau, having an Appointment into some Employ in the Artillery.8 He bears a good Character among respectable People here, and I recommend him to your Civilities. I am ever, Your affectionate Father.

Mr. Bache

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Charles-Louis-Victor, prince de Broglie (1756–1794), the eldest surviving son of Victor-François, maréchal-duc de Broglie. He accompanied the comte de Ségur on the Gloire: DBF; Bodinier, Dictionnaire; Rice and Brown, eds., Rochambeau’s Army, I, 79–80, 166–7n, 289–90; E. W. Balch, trans., “Narrative of the Prince de Broglie, 1782,” Mag. of American History, I (1877), 181–4. On April 7, the prince had requested letters of recommendation; see his letter of April 9.

6Benjamin Lincoln was now the secretary of war: DAB.

7William Moore (c. 1735–1793): DAB; Morris Papers, III, 187n.

8See Moulan and Rose’s notes of this date. BF also wrote a similar letter of introduction on April 8 to Jonathan Williams, Sr. (Library of Congress).

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