Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Richard Peters, 12 September 1777

To Richard Peters9

Copy: National Archives10

Passy, near Paris, 12th. Septr. 1777.


The Bearer Monsieur Gerard, is recommended to me by M. Dubourg, a Gentleman of Distinction here, and a hearty Friend to our Cause. I enclose his Letter that you may see the favorable Manner in which he speaks of Mr. Gerard.1 I thereupon take the Liberty of recommending the young Gentleman to your Civilities and Advice, as he will be quite a Stranger there, and to request that you would put him in the Way of serving as a Volunteer in our Armies. I am, Sir, &c.

(signed) B. Franklin.

To Richard Peters Esqr.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9The secretary of the board of war: above, XXIII, 274 n.

10The original MS was in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1952, when a transcript was made and given to the APS; it and the copy are virtually identical.

1Above, Sept. 8.

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