Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Louis-Guillaume Le Veillard, 27 [January] 1779

From Louis-Guillaume Le Veillard7

ALS: American Philosophical Society

The Wednesday 27 [January, 1779]

Dear Friend

Madame Bouffé8 beseeches you to put again to Wednesday third of February the dinner that you should make at her house the tuesday second; or, if you cannot at Wednesday tenth; do me knowing, I pray you, your determination, and write it upon your books.

I say you and I will say this night that I respect and Love you more than everybody

Le Veillard

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin députe / des etats unis d’amérique / Passy

Notation: Le Veillard.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Instead of helping out BF with his French, as is usually the case, the friend and neighbor in Passy is trying his hand at English.

8The heirs of banker Gabriel-Julien Bouffé, then at their financial peak (to be followed, in 1780, by bankruptcy), were on close terms with the Brillon-Le Veillard circle. See XXVI, 437–9; Lüthy, Banque protestante, II, 455n.

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