Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Laurens, 17 May 1781

To John Laurens

ALS: New York Public Library; copy: Library of Congress

Passy, May 17. 1781

Dear Sir,

Inclos’d is the Order you desire for another Hundred Louis.—3 Take my Blessing with it, and my Prayers that God may send you safe & well home with your Cargoes. I would not attempt persuading you to quit the military Line, because I think you have the Qualities of Mind and Body that promise your doing great Service & acquiring Honour in that Line. Otherwise I should be happy to see you again here as my Successor; having sometime since written to Congress requesting to be reliev’d,4 and believing as I firmly do, that they could not put their Affairs in better Hands.— I shall ever be Most affectionately yours

B Franklin

Honble Col. Laurence

The Post comes in to-morrow Morning from Holland. If you have any Information of [torn: word or words missing] Expence likely to5

Addressed: Honble. Col. John Laurens / Hotel d’Angleterre / à Paris

Notations in different hands: Dr Franklin to J. L Passy May 17th. 1781. / with an order for an hundred Louis / to communicate it [torn: word or words missing]

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Laurens requested it in his letter of the preceding day, immediately above. It is recorded under the date of May 18 in Account XXVIII (XXXII, 4).

4XXXIV, 446–7.

5Written by BF on the address sheet.

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