Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Vergennes, 11 June 1781

To Vergennes

LS:9 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress

Passy, June 11. 1781.


I received the Letter your Excellency did me the honour of writing to me the 8th. Inst. relating to the Pension of M. Toussard. I am persuaded that his not receiving the Same regularly, does not proceed from any Change in the Disposition of Congress towards that brave Officer, nor from any Neglect or Delay in the Office where such Pensions are paid. But it is very possible that his Friend in America whom he may have impower’d to receive it, has had no convenient Opportunity of remitting it to him; or it may have miscarried by the Way, several Vessels from thence having been taken, and one lately lost in which our Consul was coming over.1 I will nevertheless write to Congress concerning it,2 and I am confident that every Regard will be paid to your Excellency’s Interposition.3

I have the honour to be, with great Respect, Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant

B Franklin

His Excelly. Count De Vergennes

Endorsed: M. De Rayneval

Notation: reponse à la recommandation en faveur de Sr. Toussard

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9In L’Air de Lamotte’s hand, except for the final six words of the complimentary close, which are in BF’s.

1The Shelala.

2We have no record of a letter from BF on Tousard’s behalf, but he did send Congress a copy of Vergennes’ June 8 letter, above: Wharton, Diplomatic Correspondence, V, 501–2; JCC, XXII, 321; Morris Papers, V, 455.

3BF’s original version of this sentence was drafted as, “I will nevertheless write to Congress concerning it tho’ I cannot conceive that the Gentleman lied and I believe it will appear that the Gentleman was under no Necessity of troubling Your Excellency with this [lined through: Affair] Application.”

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