Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to [Dumas], 31 March 1780

To [Dumas]2

ALS: Boston Public Library; transcript: National Archives

Passy, March 31. 1780

Dear Sir,

I wrote to you yesterday3 relating to the Affair of your Letter to Mr Carmichael that you might know exactly the Truth of the Transaction. On Reflection I think it proper to add, that what I wrote was for your Satisfaction only; and that as the making it publick would give infinite Pain to a very worthy Man, Mr. F. Grand, who would then appear in the Light of Delateur de son Frere; & it can serve no other Purpose but that of Vengeance on Sir George, and be of no Advantage to you, I must insist on your Generosity in keeping it a Secret to yourself. In this you will also very much oblige me, who would by no means have my Name publickly mention’d on this Occasion; and I depend on your Compliance. With great Esteem, I am ever, Dear Sir Your most obedt. huml Servt

B. Franklin

Endorsed: Passy 31e. Mars 1780 S.E. M. Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Identified by his endorsement.

3Actually on March 29. BF probably drafted the present letter on the 30th.

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