Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Kéralio, 2 March 1781

To Kéralio

AL (draft): Library of Congress

Passy, March 2. 1781

Dear Sir,

You have given me infinite Pleasure by the Good News you have sent me of our beloved Friend’s Recovery. I pray God there may be no Relapse.3 When you write, please to present mine & my Grandson’s affectionate Respects.4

I am ever, with sincere Esteem & Attachment

Mr Keralio.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Kéralio described himself as the secretary of the duchesse douairière de Deux Ponts, who in February had been diagnosed with pneumonia. Over a period of six weeks Kéralio wrote ten letters about her condition, which took a decisive turn for the better between Feb. 17 and 20: to WTF, Feb. 11, 12, and 20; to BF and WTF, Feb. 11[–15], 13, 18[–22], 20[–24], 22[–26], Feb. 27[–March 3], and March 1. On the verso of his Feb. 27–[March 3] letter is an intelligence report, dated Brest, Feb. 26. There is also one dated Toulon, Jan. 14, which was enclosed in a Jan. 23 letter to WTF, one of three extant letters Kéralio wrote him in the two months preceding the duchesse de Deux Ponts’ illness; the others were written on Dec. 7 and 31. Unlike Kéralio’s earlier intelligence reports (e.g., XXXIII, 9–13), however, BF did not forward these to Congress. All of the Kéralio letters cited above are in French and at the APS.

4Here BF wrote but crossed out, “& assure the good L.”

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