From Richard Peters7
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Philada. Nov. 4th. 1778
I take the Liberty of addressing this Letter to you by Col Duplessis who goes to France to fulfill the Duties of his Station there. This Gentleman I can assure you has distinguished himself remarkably in our Service having been in frequent Action & always supported the Character of a brave & gallant Officer. He possesses the good Opinion of the Commander in Chief & this I think is the best Criterion of his Merit. We have been too lavish of our Promotions & lest they should be no Mark of Honour or Distinction we are beginning tho’ late to be more frugal of our Ranks. This I mention on this Occasion as many Persons (Foreigners) have higher Ranks than Mr Duplessis who have not seen half the Service He desired I would certify my Knowledge of him to you I hope you will not deem it troublesome.
I have troubled you repeatedly on the Subject of enquiring for my Father who was at Nottingham in England, remitting him some Supply of Cash & endeavoring to prevail on him to come over here or put him self in a Situation where I could afford him Support.8 I have received no Answer to any of my Letters & wait with some Anxiety for your Favour in this Respect.
I am with every Sentiment of Esteem & Respect Your very obedt Servt
Mr Bache & Family are well. The little Girl has been inoculated & is doing exceedingly well.
Honble Dr B Franklin
Addressed: Honble / Dr Benjamin Franklin / Minister Plenipotentiary / of the United States of N. America / Passi near / Paris / Richard Peters
Endorsed: M.9 Richd Peters abt M. du Plessis
Notation: Nov. 4. 1778.
7. The secretary of the continental board of war is identified in XXIII, 274.
8. This is Peters’ last letter seeking his father’s whereabouts in England and requesting money for him: see XXVII, 250–1. On July 12, 1779, BF wrote that the father had been found, and on Oct. 25 that the money had been received (Library of Congress).
9. “M” has been deleted by a later hand.