Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from the Comte de ―――, [May 1777]: résumé

From the Comte de –––

AL: American Philosophical Society

<No place or date, but May, 1777,1 in French: He is from the warlike nation of the Walloons, and offers to raise among them a corps of two to ten thousand men with experienced officers, if his sovereign permits and France assists. He has a foundry on his estates and a textile factory, and can furnish cannon of all sizes, bullets and shells, and cloth for uniforms. Please reply to the postmaster at Spa, where he will arrive in ten days; once he has the answer he will make himself known.>

1He repeated his inquiry on June 29 from Spa (APS), and referred to his letter of the previous month.

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