Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from the Chevalier de Girard, 17 February 1777: résumé

From the Chevalier de Girard3

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Philippeville, February 17, 1777, in French: I have heard of your arrival from Boston, and write to ask whether you can give me news of Mr. Penn, settled in the colonies and head of Pennsylvania,4 and enable me to send a letter to him.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3A retired lieutenant colonel, who had been named a chevalier de Saint-Louis in 1760: Etat militaire de France . . . for 1772, p. 240; Mazas, Ordre de Saint-Louis, I, 519. He wrote BF twice again, both times from Paris: on June 15 asking to see him, and on Aug. 16, 1777, to recommend an unnamed officer for service in America. APS.

4Presumably John Penn, who was still in Pennsylvania. Richard had returned to England in 1775, with considerable publicity as bearer of the Olive Branch Petition, and was still there.

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