To Gérard de Rayneval
LS:4 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress
Passy, Sept. 22. 1781.
The enclosed Letters have been put into my Hands relative to the Passport, which I sometime since desired, at the Request of M. de Cornie, for the Passage of Linens from Metz thro’ France for America.5 I find that M. de Malesherbes interests himself in the Affair, I suppose upon the Recommendation of M. de la Luzerne.6 You will judge on reading these Letters whether the Passport can properly be given or not: If M. le Comte de Vergennes does not think it improper, I shall be glad to have it as soon as possible.
With great Esteem I have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient and most humble Servant
M. de Raynevall
4. In Mumford’s hand, except for the last seven words of the complimentary close, which are in BF’s.
5. We do not know what letters he enclosed; he had requested the passport in his Sept. 9 letter, above.
6. BF’s friend Chrétien-Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes (XVI, 207n; XIX, 372n; XXI, 438n; XXV, 686n) was the uncle of La Luzerne: XXXII, 54n.
7. We have not found a response, although Vergennes wrote BF on the subject on Oct. 22, below.