Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to [Peter Timothy?], 1 June 1778

To [Peter Timothy?4]

AL (draft): Library of Congress

Paris, June 1. 1778

Dear Sir,

M. Roulhac, who will have the Honour of presenting this to your hands, is the Son of a Magistrate distinguish’d in his Province, being Lieutenant General, and chief in that Quality of the Presidial of Limoges. The young Gentleman has apply’d himself to Commerce, and having been in several Parts of America, concludes to fix his House at Charlestown, with Views of carrying on mercantile Business between France and Carolina. Persons of great Distinction here interest themselves in his favour, and have requested me to recommend him to the Protection, Civilities and Counsels, of some Friend in your Country. I have taken this Liberty of addressing him to you, being persuaded that giving you an Opportunity of obliging and serving a Stranger of Merit, is doing you a Pleasure: And I shall esteem the Favour you may show him, as done to myself.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4We are guessing at the intended recipient because Timothy (above, V, 341 n) was BF’s oldest and closest acquaintance in Charleston. Turgot’s second request for recommendations for young Roulhac (above, May 26) elicited this letter and that below to Rutledge, June 7.

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