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From Benjamin Franklin to Vergennes, 6 December 1783

To Vergennes

LS:4 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères

Passy Decr. 6th. 1783

Sir

Being now disabled by the Stone, which in the easiest Carriage gives me Pain, wounds my Bladder & occasions me to make bloody Urine, I find I can no longer pay my Devoirs personally at Versailles, which I hope will be excused. I have yet received from Congress no Answer to my Request of being recalled. In the mean time I must beg your Excellency to receive my Respects by my Grandson, with such Matters as I may occasionally have to communicate, he being Secretary of the Legation. I am, with great and sincere Respect, Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant

B Franklin

His Excellency Count de Vergennes

Endorsed: M. de R5

Notation: Rep. le 11 Xbre.6

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4In BFB’s hand. BF added the complimentary close before signing.

5Rayneval. Joseph-Mathias Gérard de Rayneval was the premier commis responsible for handling Vergennes’ American correspondence.

6Vergennes’ reply has not been located.

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