From Elkanah Watson, Jr., and Wanton Casey8
AL:9 American Philosophical Society
Hôtel de York. Paris. 22d. Novr. 1781
Messrs. Watson & Casey, present their respectfull compliments to his Excellency Doctr. Franklin, & beg leave to congratulate him on the important news of the capitulation of Cornwallis;1 and acquaint Your Excellency that we shall part for Nantes t’morrow afternoon or the ensuing morng. without fault, and shall be happy to be charg’d with any commands You may have our way.
His Excellency Doctr. Franklin Passy
Addressed: A son Excellence / Monsieur Franklin / Ambasadeur des Etats / de l’Amerique / á / Passy.
8. Casey, employed by JW, was staying at the hôtel d’York: XXXV, 482–3.
9. In Watson’s hand.
1. Watson learned of the victory on Nov. 20; see our annotation of Vergennes to BF, Nov. 19.