Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Elkanah Watson, Jr., and Wanton Casey, 22 November 1781

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.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Casey, employed by JW, was staying at the hôtel d’York: XXXV, 482–3.

9In Watson’s hand.

1Watson learned of the victory on Nov. 20; see our annotation of Vergennes to BF, Nov. 19.

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