Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to La Rochefoucauld and the Duchesse d’Enville, 18 February 1778

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

1A rumor had been going around London for weeks that Chatham might succeed Germain: Public Advertiser, Jan. 31, Feb. 2, 4, 18.

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