Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Genet, 4 December 1778

From Genet

ALS: University of Pennsylvania Library

Vlles. dec. 4. 1778

Hond Sir

I had in time the papers you mention and you’ll See a translation of the article in question in no. L. which comes forth to morrow.— There you’ll See too the King’s Speech with an abstract of the debate in both houses, which I Suppose you already Know.6 I hope they’ll please our french readers, who universally take the greatest interest to the american cause now become our own.

I am with great respect Hond. Sir Your most humble and obedient Servant


P.S. The lye about Gen. Washington I have treated as it diserves.7

Addressed: M. Benjamin Franklin Deputé / du Congres a Passy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6BF had sent Genet the Boston papers on Dec. 1; George III’s speech and the comments on it appeared in the same cahier of the Affaires de l’Angleterre et de l’Amérique, vol. XII, part II, cahier LX (not L), pp. cccxxviii–cccxliv.

7A footnote in the same issue (p. ccci) mocked the British claim, asking why the English ministers fabricated such falsehoods.

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