Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Daniel Roberdeau, [January 1784]

From Daniel Roberdeau

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London Leaden-hall Street No. 49 [January, 1784]6

Dear Sir

I arrived here in September last,7 with a purpose of visiting France and of paying my respects and offering my Congratulations on the restoration of Peace, and to you for the honor you have acquired in this business, as I cannot now do it personally permit the offering in this mode with my best wishes for a continuance of your health and strength of which I have heard, from your Colleagues,8 with great pleasure, and that every blessing may attend you.

As I have forgot Mr. Grand’s address allow me the liberty of sending a letter for him enclosed, also open that you may know the business and do me the service I require of which I will receive information in Philadelphia and your permission to draw for the money in question, if the bill of Excha. sent to Mr. Grand should be paid, in which case perhaps the money had better remain in his hands and that he give me authority to draw wc. would save you trouble. I mention the pleasure of hearing from you in Philada. because the success of an address to me here would be very uncertain as I am on the wing to depart, but without the use of a Balloon, which I shall leave to my ingenious Countrymen the French, as a better suited to their lively tempers.

I am with great respect and Esteem Dear Sir Yr. most obedient & very humble Servt.

Daniel Roberdeau

Addressed: His Excellence / Benjaman Franklin Esqr. Doctor of Laws / and Minister Plenepotentiary at the Court / of France for No. America / Passe / Paris

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Roberdeau wrote on Feb. 2, below, that he sent this letter “a few days ago.”

7Roberdeau was in England visiting relatives and reestablishing his business connections. The address he gives, above, is the business address of Charles Pearce-Hall, the husband of his cousin Elizabeth Cunyngham: ANB; Roberdeau Buchanan, Genealogy of the Roberdeau Family … (Washington, D.C., 1876), pp. 34, 38, 89, 104.

8John Jay and JA left Paris for Britain in October, 1783: BF to Hartley, Oct. 8 and 16, both above. Laurens had left for England in August of the same year: XL, 444.

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