From Peter P. Burdett9
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Carlsrhue [before] June  1777
The Bearer is Baron Steieben of whome I had the honor to write to you by the hands of a Friend about a month since.
He is a Gentleman of Family, Merit and great experience, well known to some of the First Personages in Europe, and hereby gives you sir a strong proof of his Ambition to make the Acquaintance of Doctor Franklin in actualy performing a Journey from Germany to Paris for that Purpose.
I confess it needful to make an Apology to you Sir for having lately troubled you with so many letters unanswered, but I had then something to communicate of too vast an importance for the Hands of The Common post; that opportunity being past I have no more to say than that I have the Honor to be Sir your sencere Friend and Most Humble Servant
P P Burdett
Notation: PP. Burdett june 1777.
9. For BF’s old acquaintance see above, XX, 370–1.
10. So dated because the bearer, on his way from Karlsruhe to Paris, signed a promissory note in Strasbourg on June 10: John M. Palmer, General von Steuben (New Haven, 1937), p. 83. Baron von Steuben apparently arrived in Paris in early July: Deane Papers, II, 120.