Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Searle, 1 April 1782

From James Searle4

AL: American Philosophical Society

Hotel de suede Rue de l’Universite F.S.G.5
Monday Evening 1st. of april 1782

Mr. Searle’s respectfull compliments to Doctor Franklin & begs leave to inform him that he means to Leave Paris for Nantes on Thursday. He requests Therefore That Doctor Franklin woud be pleased to order the necessary passports to be made out for Mr. Searle & one Domestique for Nantes which place Mr. S will first go to.6

Mr. Searle will have the honour of waiting on Dor. Franklin before his departure.

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin / A Passy

Notation: Searle 1st. april 1782.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4This is the last extant letter from Searle, who was returning to America after an unsuccessful mission to obtain a loan for Pennsylvania (XXXIII, 63n). He arrived in June: William B. Reed, Life and Correspondence of Joseph Reed … (2 vols., Philadelphia, 1847), II, 464.

5Faubourg Saint-Germain.

6On April 3, BF granted Searle a passport for Nantes and Bordeaux: XXXVI, 379.

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