Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from the Marquis de Lafayette, [7 March 1779]

From the Marquis de Lafayette

ALS: S. Howard Goldman, Weston, Connecticut (1989)

Sunday morning [March 7, 1779]1

Dear Sir

Inclos’d I have the honor to send a letter which I beg leave to Reccommend to your excellency that (if possible) Mr Blodget Might obtain the leave of Coming to Paris— I am just Going to Versailles, and if you have any Commands for me they shall ever be well Come.

With the highest Regard and sincerest affection I have the honor to be Dear Sir Your most obedient humble Servant


Had you any interesting paper I’d thank you for ’em. I beg also you would let me know When you intend to write by the Alliance

1The Sunday following Blodget’s March 3 request to BF for leave. Lafayette met Blodget during his recent passage to France aboard the Alliance (for which see XXVIII, 486–9).

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