Benjamin Franklin Papers

Certificate for Rolandeau, 13 December 1777

Certificate for Rolandeau8

AD: Dartmouth College Library

Passy, near Paris, Dec. 13. 1777

This may certify whom it may concern, that M. Rolandeau, a Lieutenant in the 5th Regiment of the State of Carolina, came to France on some Affairs of Importance which indispensibly requir’d his Presence, and so suddainly that he had not an Opportunity of obtaining his Congé. Of this I am well assured by Persons of great Honour and Distinction here. And as he takes this first Occasion of returning to his Duty, I hope and request that he may be receiv’d and employ’d in the Continental Service, as heretofore.

B. Franklin

One of the Commissioners from the United States.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8In belated reply to his request above, Oct. 18, reiterated on Nov. 15. Rolandeau lost this certificate when he was captured on his way to America. He apparently escaped and returned to France, this time on leave, and persuaded two of his brothers to quit the French army for the American; BF was again asked for a certificate: Ossun to BF, Sept. 12, 1778, APS.

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