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To Benjamin Franklin from Vergennes, 28 February 1782

From Vergennes

L (draft):3 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères

A Versailles le 28 fev. 1782

J’ai l’honneur de vous envoyer, M, copie d’une lettre de M. le Mis. de Castries avec L’original de celle qu’a addressée à ce Ministre le Sr. Mazeret, chirurgien à l’hopital françois établi à Lisbonne; cette dernière vous mettra au fait des secours que ce particulier a donne aux prisonniers américains qui ont été recueillis dans notre hôpital; je ne doute pas, M, que vous ne vous empressiez de pourvoir à son remboursement conformement aux desirs de M le Mis. de Castries.4

M franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3In Gérard de Rayneval’s hand.

4We have not located the enclosure, but on June 25 Grand honored an April 16 draft from Mazaret for 7,254 l.t. 2 s., using the Lisbon firm of Lefévre, Roussac & Cie. (with which he was familiar): Account XXVII (XXXII, 4); Jefferson Papers, X, 85. At the AAE there is correspondence about the help provided American prisoners by Mazaret and Pecquet: Waldo G. Leland et al., eds., Guide to Materials for American History in the Libraries and Archives of Paris, II, Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Washington, D.C., 1943), p. 776. The latter is Jean-Baptiste Pecquet, an interpreter, for whose services see his June 26, 1783, letter to BF with an enclosed undated memorial (Library of Congress) and Jefferson Papers, VI, 400; VII, 271, 497; IX, 88; X, 85. French consular officials also assisted the prisoners: XXXIII, 517, 532–3, 533; XXXV, 397–8.

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