Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Jay, 23 April 1782

To John Jay

ALS: Columbia University Library

Versailles, April 23. 1782.

Dear Sir,

I wrote a few Lines to you from Passy8 to go by the Post of this Day, pressing you to come hither as soon as possible. I have just mention’d it to M de Vergennes, who is of Opinion it will be proper to leave Mr. Carmichael there, that it may not seem as if we abandon’d that Court. As I understand a Courier is just setting out from hence for Madrid, I add this Line to inform you of this particular, having great regard to the Judgment of this Minister. Let me know by a previous Line if you conclude to come, & if, as I hope, Mrs Jay will accompany you, that I may provide for you proper Lodgings. I am, with great & sincere Esteem, Dear Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant

B Franklin

His Excelly. J. Jay Esqe.

Endorsed: Dr Franklin 23 Ap. 1782 Recd 1 May Do and [answered] 8 Do

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Dated April 22, above.

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