Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to Conrad-Alexandre Gérard, 4 March 1778

The American Commissioners to Conrad-Alexandre Gérard

ALS: Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; copy:2 Harvard University Library

Passi March 4th. 1778.


Being desirous of a conference with you on a subject, that appears to us of importance;3 we shall be glad to meet you here, or at Versailles, as soon as may be convenient to you. We have the honor to be, with the greatest respect, Sir, Your most Obedient and most Humble Servants

B Franklin
Silas Deane
Arthur Lee

Monsr Gerard Secretary to the Council of State.

Notation: 1778. Mars 4.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Both the ALS and copy are in Lee’s hand.

3Official French recognition of the commissioners. See the note of BF and Deane to Lee above, March 3.

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