Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from ——— Martin, 30 April–11 May 1778: résumé

From ——— Martin9

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Moscow, April 30 and May 11, 1778,1 in French: Some eighteen months ago the chevalier La Coste de Mezieres, a Frenchman, left the Russian service to return home. He is known to have reached Holland, and supposedly went to Madrid to enter the Spanish service. But his family has heard nothing, and has just sent me the most urgent request for news. I cannot help. But he went through Paris, I have been told, and saw you about joining the Americans. Please tell me whether this is true.2>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9The French vice-consul in Moscow and, we believe, the Martin de Vosctcharow who sent an inquiry to BF, through Paulze, the previous July: above, XXIV, 330–1.

1The letter bears both dates.

2At the head of the letter BF drafted a reply: “Ansd. I know nothing of this M. Meziere. America is large, he may have arriv’d there, without my having heard of him. I will make Enquiry, and if I learn any thing of him will acquaint you with it.”

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