Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Henry Laurens, 17 July 1783

From Henry Laurens

LS:1 Library of Congress; copy: South Carolina Historical Society

Bath 17th July 1783.

Dear Sir,

I have but this moment 1 o Clock PM been honored with your Letter of the 6th. Instant, it has been long in its Passage, I must endeavour to make more Expedition in complying with your wish to return as soon as possible to Paris. I had flattered myself with hopes of being free.

As tis possible nay probable that I shall be with you as soon as this, tis unnecessary to enlarge, indeed I have not time for I mean to begin my Journey to morrow morning. I purpose to go from St Dennis to Passy where I hope to have the honor on the 24th or 25th. of repeating how truly I am, Sir, your most obedient and most humble Servant,2

Henry Laurens.

We, meaning this little family, present most respectful Salutes to yourself Mr. & Mrs. Jay and our good friend Mr. Franklin Junr: and also to Miss Maria3

His Excellency Benjamin Franklin Esqr: Paris.

Addressed: His Excellency / Benjamin Franklin Esquire / &c &c / Passy.

1In the hand of Henry Laurens, Jr., who was serving as secretary to his ailing father: Laurens Papers, XVI, 224n.

2Laurens arrived in Paris on July 23, but the trip left him ill: Laurens Papers, XVI, 241–2.

3John and Sarah Jay’s 17-month-old daughter (Morris, Jay: Peace, p. 218n).

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