Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Laneuville, 6 March 1779

To Laneuville

ALS (draft) and copy: Library of Congress

Passy, March 6. 1779


I have perused the Papers you communicatd to me4 by which it appears that you have been so disinterestedly serviceable in the American Armies.—And it is with great Pleasure I have added my Certificate, that those Papers are genuine and authentic; hoping they may be of Service to you, where the Power of Advancing Merit is more extensive than with the poor young States of America.—I have the Honour to be, with much Esteem, Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant

B Franklin

Brigadier General de Laneuville

Notation: To Brigdr. Genl. De la Neufville 6. March 79 & to All Captains & Commanders relative to Cook 10. March 79.—5

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Which we print before March 6.

5The letter for Cook begins immediately below BF’s draft of his letter to Laneuville. We print it under March 10, below.

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