Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Lafayette, 4 December 1782

From Lafayette

ALS: Library of Congress

On Board the Censeur December the 4th 1782

Dear Sir

To My Very Great Concern, I Have not Yet Received Your Answer to My letter,4 Nor the Account of What Has officially Past in Monney Matters— But Your Opinion Has Been I should Go, and I Am Pursuing an object that May I Hope prove Useful to America— Upon Your Opinion therefore, I Determine My Going— We are Under sails With 9 ships of the line, And about 6000 Men Recruits Included—5 Your letters I Beg You Will send to Mis. [Marquis] de Castries Who Will forward them. My Best Respects Wait Upon Mis. jay Adams and T. franklin With the Most tender Affection and Regard I am My dear sir Yours


[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Lafayette’s Nov. 21 letter to the peace commissioners, above.

5The French eventually collected 24 ships of the line and 12,000 men at Cadiz, but they and a Spanish contingent were unable to sail for Jamaica before France and Spain reached a preliminary peace agreement with Britain (much to the relief of the French government): Dull, French Navy, pp. 318–19, 333–5; Louis Gottschalk, Lafayette and the Close of the American Revolution (Chicago, 1942), p. 399.

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