Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Shaffer, 9 November 1783

From John Shaffer

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Paris ce 9 9bre 1783


As my avocat has Just informed me affter the information He has made that in Justis to my Self it will be the Shortest way to bring my Cause to a Conclution. The Partis has Even made a Proposition to arange the affair but Knowing my inosance am determend to bring on my trial as Soon as Possible in order to Convince to the world of my inosance.

Theirfore as thiere is Seaverl trials Comming on in a few days Should be happe to be on of the first, but as your Exelency was Kind Enough to Right a few lines to the Kings atterney in order Not to bring on my trial untill the arrivel of Mr Barclay, theirfore will prevent him from Giving in his Conclutions untill he hears further from you, Mr Beaumont will Explain to you my Reason for bringing on the Conclution of my affair.

Theirefore if your Exelency will be Kind Enough only to Right a few lines to the Kings Attoney in order to give his Conclution as Soon as Possible it will be an adetion upon the maney Obligations Confered upon your Exelenys Most Obedent & Very humble Servant9

J Schaffer

His Exelency Docter Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Shaffer sent another letter to BF the following day (this in French, written by Menier de Saint Yver), explaining that Beaumont had made a mistake when asking BF to request a postponement. He now begged BF to write to the procureur du roi and the lieutenant criminel requesting that the trial take place that week. Otherwise, Shaffer explained, he would have to remain in prison until February or March, which his health would not permit. Shaffer wrote his own letter to WTF (in English) the same day, asking him to remind BF to write to the procureur du roi. Shaffer to BF and WTF, Nov. 10, 1783, APS.

BF must have complied, as the trial was scheduled for Nov. 20: Shaffer to BF, Nov. 19, below.

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