Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from François-Léonard-Pierre-Auguste Tissot, 28 March 1777: résumé

From François-Léonard-Pierre-Auguste Tissot7

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Geneva, March 28, 1777, in French: I send you my thanks for seeing me. If your grandsons (“vos fils”), before returning home, wish to visit the districts to which I have come to wait for better times, I will show them how much I appreciate a person with your greatness of soul.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7He signed himself Tissot Grenus, the name by which he was normally known. He was a Swiss (1732–1810), who had served in the Dutch army and retired to Geneva in 1775; three years later he published there his Cahiers militaires portatifs, contenant une nouvelle idée sur le génie et plusieurs autres pièces intéressantes . . ., which was subsequently reprinted in England. Dictionnaire historique et biographique de la Suisse . . . (7 vols., Neuchâtel, 1921–33), under Tissot. Two other notes from Geneva followed this one, of June 26 and July 28, 1777 (APS). In the first the Colonel mentioned two small works that he was about to give to the printer, and a proposal that he was making to BF about them. That proposal, now attached to the second note though it probably came with the first, he had hoped to give the commissioners before he left Paris, as he told “mon bon amy le Chevalier G: actuellement a A:,” meaning Georges Grand now in Amsterdam. It advertised his forthcoming Cahiers as a textbook that every officer should have, and offered to come to Paris at the commissioners’ expense so that they could examine and, if they wished, purchase the MS; 7,000 copies, he estimated, would be needed for the American army. The second note asked for BF’s answer as soon as possible.

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