Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Lewis Boudinot, 29 September 1783

From Lewis Boudinot2

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Falmouth Septr 29th 1783


I have done myself the Honor this Day to Transmitt to London the Dispatches herewith, by the desire of my Brother who ordered me in Case I should not have the honor of delivering them myself in person to transmitt them to the French Ambassador—3 And as the Weather seems very turbulent And my Passage round like to be long I have sent them Accordingly and hope there is no doubt but they will Come safe to hand.— And with wishing You every Happiness the present Sunshine is possible to Afford And Your Virtues so richly deserve Have the Honor to subscribe myself Your mos Ob’ & very Hble Servt

Lewis Boudinot

Honble Benj Franklin Esqe

Addressed: The Honble. / Benjamin Franklin Esqe / Minister Plenipotentiary &c &c / Paris

Notation: L. Boudinot 29 Sepr 1783

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Lewis Carré Boudinot (1753–1789?), the youngest brother of Elias Boudinot, was entrusted with carrying the latter’s July 15 letter to the commissioners (XL, 301–8): George A. Boyd, Elias Boudinot, Patriot and Statesman, 1740–1821 (Princeton, 1952), pp. 10, 18, 128, 289.

3The current ambassador was Jean-Balthazar, comte d’Adhémar de Montfalcon: DBF; Repertorium der diplomatischen Vertreter, III, 118.

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