Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jean-Baptiste Le Roy, 6 July 1778

From Jean-Baptiste Le Roy

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Ce Lundy 6 Juillet 1778

Mon cher Docteur

On m’a instamment prie de vous demander si vous pourriez donner des lettres pour des personnes de connoissance à la Caroline à l’honnête Négociant dont j’ai l’honneur de vous envoyer la lettre.7 De graces ne m’oubliez pas et par vous ou par Monsieur Williams faites moi savoir la reponse que je dois rendre à ce négociant

Le Roy

P.S. Il demande en même temps si vous pourriez lui faciliter des retours sur France mais j’ai déja repondu à cet article que le Commerce étant libre vous ne vous mêliez en aucune façon de cette partie là.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7The merchant was Lalande Robinot, who had written Le Roy from St. Brieuc on June 6 to ask his intercession with BF. The matter dragged on for months. On July 18 or thereabouts Le Roy repeated his request. A few days later, probably on the 22nd, he enclosed a letter of the 18th from Baudouin de Guémadeuc, a master of requests, strongly recommending the merchant and mentioning that his ship was the Moissonneur. All these letters are in the APS. Le Roy soon returned to the charge, in an undated appeal that spoke of the many times he had already importuned BF for the letter: University of Pa. Library. By late August it had been promised but not yet furnished; the moment it arrived the ship would sail: Le Roy to BF below, under Aug. 26.

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