Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to George Washington, 21 September 1777

To George Washington

AL (draft): Library of Congress

Passy near Paris Sept. 21. 1777.


Three Spanish Gentlemen, Natives of Peru, and Officers in the Army of that Country, [in the margin: here insert their Names] propose to pass into North America with a View of entring our Army, being ambitious of serving as Voluntiers under your Excellency, whose Reputation as a General stands high all over Europe. They are represented to me by Persons of Distinction, as Gentlemen of Character and Merit;2 as such I beg leave to recommend them to your Excellency’s Countenance and Protection; and I am persuaded that as Natives of the different Ends of our long extended Continent so rarely meet, the Hospitality of our Country will exert it self to make the Residence of these Strangers among us agreable to them. I have the Honour to be

Recommendation of 3 Spanish Gent

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2The officers, two of whom were marquises, had asked the commission a month before for recommendations, and credit in America against a deposit in Paris; Arthur Lee had written Madrid to inquire about their professional reputations. Lee Jour., pp. 102–3, where again they are not named. He must have received a favorable reply.

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