Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Rodolphe-Emmanuel Haller, 5 September 1778

From Rodolphe-Emmanuel Haller4

AL: American Philosophical Society

Hotell Colbert Septbr. 5. 1778

Mr. Haller Presents his most respectful Compliments to the Right Honourable Doctor Franklin and shall be very glad of his company at dinner on wednesday next the 9 inst.

PS Pray answer iff you Please

Addressed: To / The Right Honble. Doctr. Franklin Esqr / chez Mr. Le Ray de / chaumont / Passy / hotel Colbert

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Born in Bern, son of the famous Swiss intellectual Albrecht von Haller, Emmanuel (1747–1833?) married into a prominent Dutch merchant family and moved to Paris in August, 1777. There he joined with Jean Girardot de Marigny to take over, under the name of Girardot, Haller & Cie., what used to be the Necker family bank. The new firm tried unsuccessfully to become primary bankers to the American commission. Known as a brilliant though not always scrupulous businessman, Haller used his contacts in Holland, England and Paris to speculate broadly on the war. He was a long-standing associate of Thomas Walpole, whose Paris correspondence was forwarded through the firm (see above, under July 14). In August, 1778, Haller arranged a clandestine transfer of £50,000 in English funds from Bancroft to Walpole. Lüthy, Banque protestante, II, 406–7, 603–6, 619–23.

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