Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from the Marquis de Lafayette, 28 July 1779

From the Marquis de Lafayette

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Au havre 28th july 1779

My dear doctor

With the Greatest pleasure I hear that By a frigatte just arriv’d at Brest you may have Got some news from America—how far my heart is Concern’d in any thing that may happen to My American fellow Citizens, I need not telling to You— I therefore entreat you, My good friend, to let me know Any public or private, important or insignificant intelligence you have Receiv’d—suppose there was some thing secret in them you might deliver Your letter to Mde de lafayette who will forward it with safety— there are about charles town so various accounts that I am at a loss to fix any opinion on that part of the Continent— That Fort Lafayette is taken seems very certain—9 adieu my dear doctor, I write in a great hurry, and most affectionately I am Yours


There is nothing new at the havre and we are waiting for intelligences.

Addressed: A Son excellence / Monsieur le docteur franklin / Ministre plenipotentiaire des etats / unis de l’amerique en son hôtel / a passy près paris

Endorsed: Marquis de la Fayette

Notation: Lafayette au havre 28. juillet 1779.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Fort Lafayette, a small fortification at Verplancks Point on the east bank of the Hudson, was captured by a British expedition on June 1, 1779. So, too, was Stony Point on the opposite shore: Mark Mayo Boatner III, Encyclopedia of the American Revolution (New York, 1966), pp. 1063–4.

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