Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to Vergennes, 5 January 1777

The American Commissioners to Vergennes

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Versailles Jany. 5th 1777. 6, OClock in the Evening

Dr. Franklin, Mr. Dean, and Mr. Lee, present their most respectful Complimts. to the Count de Vergennes; and request an audience of his Excellency, to-morrow morning, at such hour as he shall be pleas’d to appoint.

Notation: 1777. Janvier 5.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2In BF’s hand according to Stevens (Facsimiles, VI, no. 613), but actually in Arthur Lee’s. We have silently supplied from Stevens a word obscured in the MS as now bound. For the background of the commissioners’ request see the headnote on their earlier letter to Vergennes of the same date.

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