Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Marie-Julie Rutledge d’Herbigny, 20 May 1783

From Marie-Julie Rutledge d’Herbigny6

ALS: American Philosophical Society

reims ce 20 mai 1783

Most honorable Sir,

Give me leave to assure Your Excelence of my Gratitu’d Mr le Comte de Vergennes has been So good as to obtain me from his majesty a pension Sur le fond des Eccossois tho’ the Some his very Smale I have the Same Obligasion to your Excelence, and beg youl Continue me the honnor of your protection, perhaps I am the only in france who has the honnor to be related to a member of Your Congress, I beg leave to Send you a paquet for Mr Rutledge.

Give me leave to assure Your Excelence of my gratitu’d wishs for you and your Countrys prosperity attachement and Respect.

I am with respect Most honorable Sir Your most humble and most oblidged Servante


I beg youl excuse my bad English

my direction md dherbigny ché. Mr labbe Rutledge chanoine a reims7

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6The wife of a French army officer and relative of John Rutledge, member of Congress from South Carolina. Two months earlier, Rutledge d’Herbigny had asked BF to intercede with Vergennes on her behalf, in order to obtain a royal pension: XXXIX, 390, 392–3.

7One of her brothers: XXXIX, 392.

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