Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from ——— Arnold “Dit Renault,” 14 January 1778: résumé

From ——— Arnold “Dit Renault”3

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Metz, January 14, 1778, in French: My dear brother went to America during the late Anglo-French wars, and remained at Quebec as secretary to the British governor of Canada. I heard from him several times until your war broke out; since then he sent me two letters by a bearer who, about to be searched at sea, threw them overboard, and could only tell me that my brother had entered the American service. His name is François Arnold. I see by the newspapers that a man of that name is in your army. This is no doubt he, because he comes of a military family and his home was in Quebec. Can you get me news of him, and news of me to him? I long to join him and share his fate.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3He so signs himself, and adds that he is a chasseur in the Touraine Regiment garrisoned at Metz.

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