Benjamin Franklin Papers

Certificate of Character for Henry Farley, 5 January 1779

Certificate of Character for Henry Farley5

ADS: Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères

Passy, Jan. 5. 1779

Having perused several Letters from Gentlemen of Character, Friends to America, relating to Mr Farley, & having convers’d with him on the Subject of his Settling in France, I am of Opinion, that if he should be favour’d with the Permission he desires to reside in Nants, he would not make an ill Use of it to the Prejudice of this Kingdom, & that he may be a means of promoting its Commerce.6

B Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Who wrote the commissioners on Dec. 5, 1778, for a recommendation.

6A French translation of BF’s letter appears on the same sheet, with the notation “joint à la lettre du Vte. de Noailles le 7. Janv. 1779.”

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