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To Benjamin Franklin from the Comte de Pignatelli, [after 3 August 1783]

From the Comte de Pignatelli7

L: American Philosophical Society

[after August 3, 1783]8

Le Comte de Pignatelli a l’honneur de faire part à Monsieur francklin, Ministre plenipotentiaire des Etats unis de l’amerique septentrionale, qu’il a eu Dimanche 3 de ce mois ses premieres audiences du Roi, de la Reine, et de la famille royale en qualité d’ambassadeur Extraordinaire de S. M. le Roi de Naples.9

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Francklin / Ministre Plenipotentiaire des Etats / unis de l’amérique septentrionale / A Passy

Notation: Le Comte Pignatelly—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Michele Pignatelli, the new minister from the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, had previously served at the courts of Sardinia (1764–70) and St. James’s (1771–81). Ill health forced him to leave France on June 13, 1784: Repertorium der diplomatischen Vertreter, III, 424, 426; Jules Flammermont, Rapport à M. le ministre de l’instruction publique sur les correspondances des agents diplomatiques étrangers en France avant la Révolution … (Paris, 1896), p. 439.

8The day he presented his credentials: Repertorium der diplomatischen Vertreter, III, 423.

9Ferdinand IV of Naples; he was also Ferdinand III of Sicily. As Antonio Pace has pointed out, this notification signaled diplomatic recognition of the United States: Benjamin Franklin and Italy (Philadelphia, 1958), p. 110.

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