Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Richard Peters, 12 July 1779

To Richard Peters

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy July 12. 1779.

Dear Sir

I have at Length found your Good Father, as you will see by the inclos’d, and have given Orders to furnish him with 100 £. which you will please to remit to me in Congress Interest Bills, or in a Bill from ———.

The Bearer of this M. Vateville who goes over with a View of settling in Pensylvania and leaves some Money with our Banker. He is recommended to me, as a Gentleman of good family & excellent Character by several respectable Persons. M. Le Count De Vergennes, Minister for foreign affairs thinks he would be a valuable Acquisition to our Military, as you will see by his letter to me, wich I send inclosed.1 I have acquainted the Count and the Gentleman himself that I could give him no promises nor even Expectations of Employment in our Armies, which were full but that there was no doubt of his meeting a hospitable favourable Reception in our Country as a stranger of Merit who desired to become our fellow Citizen.— I accordingly recommend him warmly to your Civilities and Counsels, and Those of my friends, who may with you be assured of my considering them as done to myself, and of my Readiness to pay an equal Regard to their Recommendations. My Compliments to Mrs. Peters, and believe me to be with great Esteem, Dear Sir Your most obedient and most humble Sert.2

Richard Peters. Esq.

1Vergennes had recommended the Swiss military man Vatteville in May. BF could only promise to provide him with letters of introduction: XXIX, 527–8, 665.

2Mrs. Peters was the former Sarah Robinson; they married in 1776: DAB. Peters apparently never received the present letter. He wrote BF on March 28, 1780, that he had received only one letter from him, dated Oct. 25, 1779, during the previous two years. APS.

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