Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Richard Bache, 8 November 1779

From Richard Bache

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia Novr. 8, 1779

Dr. sir

At the Request of my Friend Colonel John Mitchell,5 I take the liberty of introducing to your Civilities, the Bearer Mr: John Rainey,6 who goes to France upon a Commercial Plan, should he require your Advice, or Assistance in procuring passports to Holland or elsewhere, I beg leave to recommend him to you for them—

The Family continue well and join me in Love & Duty— I am ever Dr. & Hond. sir Your Affect. son

Rich: Bache

Dr. Franklin

Addressed: His Excelly. / Dr. Benjamin Franklin / Minister Plenipotentiary from the / United States of No: America at the / Court of / Versailles

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Mitchell, deputy quartermaster general of the Continental Army, was stationed in Philadelphia: Richard K. Showman et al., eds., The Papers of General Nathanael Greene (7 vols. to date, Chapel Hill, 1976–), II, 388n.

6Rainey claimed to be a relative of Mitchell’s. After taking passage on the Chevalier de La Luzerne, he brought this recommendation to BF: Rainey to BF, June 12, 1780 (APS); Charles Henry Lincoln, comp., Naval Records of the American Revolution, 1775–1788 (Washington, D.C., 1906), p. 253.

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