Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Dumas, 1 February 1784

To Dumas

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Passy, Feb. 1. 1784—

Dear Sir,

I receiv’d duly yours of the 23d past, as well as those therein mentioned, with the Enclosed for the Office of Foreign Affairs, all of which except the last are forwarded, and that will go next Wednesday.— I thank you for the Opportunity given me of seeing the Intelligence they contain. I sent you 5 or 6 Weeks since, a Packet containing some fresh American Newspapers. You do not mention receiving them. They went by a Person whose Name I have forgot: He had formerly been in the House of Messrs de Neuvfville. I wrote at the same time a few Lines.—9 I am ever, Dear Sir, Your faithful humble Servant

B Franklin

P.S. I condole with you on the Loss of the Ship mention’d in the enclos’d Newspaper—1

M. Dumas—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Not found. The bearer of the packet was named Chouquet: Dumas to BF, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12, below.

1More than 300 men were lost when the Dutch ship of the line Erfprins foundered near Massachusetts: XL, 155n; Adams Papers, XIV, 497n.

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