Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Dominique-Louis Ethis de Corny, 2 January 1783

From Dominique-Louis Ethis de Corny

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Paris the 2d. january 1783.

Dear Sir,

I Would be acquainted if the Washington american Ship has already sailed for its destination. Mr. De Veimerange Who goes to morrow at versailles desires some Knouledge about it, Before his departure.4 I Was Disposed to Wait on your Excellency in this after noon, in order of Renewing my Best Wishes for the happiness and good health of your Excellency, during this new year. But I am told that it Was not certain that you must Spend the Evening at home; consequently I chuse the Way of Writting on this matter. Be so Kind, Excellency, as answer me a single Word concerning the Departure of this ship, the Washington, Which advice I may send Directly, to Mr. De Veimerange.

I am With the most Everlasting, faith full attachment and Respect Dear sir your Excellency’s the most obedient and humble servant

De Corny

Mrs de Corny5 Desires you Will agree thousand compliments. She shall be Extremly pleased, if your Excellency Will chuse a Day, to Drink tea, and make some Music. Mrs. De Corny, and Mr. De Corny too, present his Best compliments to his Excellency’s son

Notation: De Corny Paris 2nd January 1783

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Corny had worked with Palteau de Veimerange to collect supplies for the American army: XXXV, 524.

5Anne Mangeot: DBF under Ethis de Corny.

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