Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Mifflin, 5 February 1784

From Thomas Mifflin

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Annapolis 5 Februy 1784


Lt Colonel Murnan has requested me to give him a Letter of Introduction to your Excellency; which he supposes will assist him in his military Pursuits—6 I have seen many Certificates from General Washington7 General Howe & other Officers under whom he has served; & have made a particular Enquiry into his Conduct, during the late War: And it with much Pleasure I now recommend him to you as a very deserving Officer.

I am with the greatest Respect & Attachment Your Excellencys Obedient & humble Serv

Thomas Mifflin

Addressed: The Honorable / Benjamin Franklin / Passy

Endorsed: Thos Mifflin Esq 5 Feby. 84 Recomn. of Col Harmar

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Jean-Bernard-Bourg Gauthier de Murnan (1748–1797), an engineer in the Continental Army who had been promoted to lieutenant colonel the previous September and who had just resigned his commission. He was initially unsuccessful in obtaining a post in the French army, but during the French Revolution became général de brigade provisoire: JCC, XXVI, 63–4; Bodinier, Dictionnaire, under Gauthier.

7GW’s certificate, lauding Murnan’s services, was dated May 24, 1783: Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington, XXVI, 452–3.

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