Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Ann Hudson de Lavau, 10 August 1783

To Ann Hudson de Lavau

Press copy of ALS: American Philosophical Society

Passy, Augt. 10. 1783


I received your Letter dated the first Instant,7 which I should have answered directly, but had mislaid the enclos’d Letter from your Mother which you desired might be sent you. The Bills mentioned by Mr Beall, came duly to my hands and I have received the Money, Seventy-two Dollars. I imagined you were long since gone to America,8 am sorry to hear of your Disappointments, and now acquaint you that you may draw on me for three hundred and Sixty Livres Tournois, the Amount of the above, which shall be paid on Sight;9 and this Sum, with Mr Beall’s Letter which I also send you enclos’d,1 will I hope procure you a Passage to your own Country, where I wish you may arrive safe & have a happy Sight of your Friends. I am, Your humble Servant

B Franklin

Mrs Ann Hudson de Lavau

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]


8Samuel Beall had enclosed a letter from Ann Evans along with the bills of exchange that were to pay for her daughter’s passage to America. By the time Beall’s letter arrived, Lavau had already received a pass from BF to travel to Rochefort, from which port she must have intended to leave for America: XXXVI, 380; XXXVIII, 108–9.

9Her draft of Aug. 21 was paid on Aug. 29: Account XVII (XXVI, 3).

1See XXXVIII, 108–9.

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