Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Durival, 24 July 1782

To Durival8

ALS: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England

Passy, July 24. 1782


Being much oppress’d by the Heat of this Weather, I dare not attempt the Journey to Versailles. I therefore send my Grandson, who will affix my Seal to the Instruments, and bring that which appertains to me. I am to request at the same time that you would give Directions to the Tresor Royal, &c, for Returning to me all the Promises I have heretofore given for the Sums now compris’d in the Instrument.9 With great and sincere Esteem, I have the honour to be Sir, Your most obedient and most humble Servant

B Franklin

M. Durivall

Endorsed: Le 24. Juillet 1782/.— repondu verbalement à M. franklin Petit fils, à qui jai remis— l’Expédon. [Expédition] du contrat pour M franklin.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8In answer to Durival’s of July 21, above.

9The “instrument” is the July 16 contract, above, while the “promises” are the loan certificates used by BF for the 21 loan installments recorded in the contract and the seven recorded in the statement concerning the Dutch loan, [after July 16]. For the certificates see XXX, 345n.

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