To La Rochefoucauld and the Duchesse d’Enville
AL: Bibliothèque municipale, Mantes
Passy, Feb. 18. 78
M. Franklin presents his respectful Compliments to Made. la Duchesse d’Enville, and to M. le Duc de Rochefoucauld. He sees clearly with them the Impropriety of his appearing at the Concert, under the Circumstances mentioned, and returns his Thanks for the Notice given him, which he shall observe.
Our Advices from England are that Lord Chatham has had Overtures made him to take a Part in the Ministry; but has absolutely refus’d, unless both new Counsels and new Counsellers were first resolv’d on.1
1. A rumor had been going around London for weeks that Chatham might succeed Germain: Public Advertiser, Jan. 31, Feb. 2, 4, 18.