Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from William Carmichael, 14 April 1781

From William Carmichael

Copy: Library of Congress

Madrid 14. April 1781.

Dear Sir,

Some time ago I made you a volontary promise to contribute to your pleasure by introducing to your Acquaintance Mr. Giuste late chargé d’Affairs of Vienna & Tuscany at this Court—4 He now to the great regret of all his Friends here puts it in my Power to fulfill my Engagements & to add to the Number of these few of the Many who have desired your Acquaintance, that have merited your Esteem— I have had the honor of being known to this Gentleman since the first Week of my arrival in this City & have ever found in him that Liberty of sentiment and conduct which disdains a line of Action that Many short sighted Politicians frequently deem the most essential part of their Duty. But I wander from my Subject, which is merely to present this Gentleman to your Acquaintance & that of your philosophica[l] Friends. He in a very short Conversation with yourself, Will do himself more Justice than I can do in many Pages.—

I have the honor to be with sincere respect & Esteem Your Excellency’s Most obliged & most humble Sevt.

(signed) W. Carmichael.

His Excelly. B. Franklin.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Above, Feb. 28.

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