Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to the Duchesse d’Enville and the Duc de La Rochefoucauld, 31 March 1781

To the Duchesse d’Enville and the Duc de La Rochefoucauld

AL: Bibliothèque Municipale, Mantes

Passy, March 31. 81.

Dr Franklin presents his respectful Compliments to Madame la Duchesse d’Enville, & to Monsieur Le Duc de Rochefoucauld; he condoles with them most sincerely on the Loss of their excellent Friend M. Turgot, and mingles his Tears with theirs.6

As M. le Duc has interested himself much in the American Constitutions of Government, Dr. F. flatters himself that the Sermon preach’d on the Commencement of that of the Massachusets Bay, will not be unacceptable; and he sends it herewith.7

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6The former controller general was a frequent correspondent of the duchess: Joseph Ruwet et al., eds., Lettres de Turgot à la duchesse d’Enville (1764–74 et 1777–80) (Louvain and Leiden, 1976). He died on March 18.

7One of the copies of the sermon Rev. Samuel Cooper had enclosed with his Feb. 1 letter, above.

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