Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Laurens, 4 May 1781

To John Laurens

ALS: South Carolina Historical Society; copies (two): Library of Congress

Friday, May 4. 81

Dear Sir,

Inclos’d is a Letter I have receiv’d for you.3 The Seal of the Cover being imprudently plac’d over that of the Letter, and sticking to it, occasion’d it to be almost broke open.—I want to see you about a Letter I have received from New Orleans, which proposes my Paying Drafts to the Amount of 55000 Livres, whereon I should be glad to have your Advice.4 I dine to day in Paris, and will call on you about 6 aClock. If you cannot then be at home, I wish you would come out & breakfast with me tomorrow Morning, because I must write to Bordeaux about those Drafts, whether I will pay them or not, by to-morrow’s Post.— With great Esteem, I have the honour to be Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant

B Franklin

Honble. Col. Lawrens

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur le Colonel Laurens / hôtel d’Angleterre / Rue Richelieu

Endorsed: Doctor Franklin

Notation: Dr. Franklin Passy 4th May 1781

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Possibly the letter BF tells Schweighauser on May 6, below, that he has delivered to Laurens.

4See BF to Montet & Henry, May 6.

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