Benjamin Franklin Papers Part 4 -- Letters to Franklin

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Date: 1779 January-November | Size: 1 section, 1,162 items

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Letters to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January-November1162 item(s)
XIII, 1. Arnold, ----- d'.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 1A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 1

Has written to General Arnold to grant him, in consideration of the name he bears, employment in the American army; is thirty-eight years old and the father of a numerous family; desires Franklin to lend his influence to the request. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 4. Bondfield, John.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 1A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 4

Bordeaux. The Chasseur loaded and only waiting for the Governor Livingston, which is detained by contrary winds at Isle de Re; glad a convoy is appointed. Continued advices of captures have stagnated all private expeditions.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 70. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 1A.L.S. 3p.XXXIX, 70

The Hague. The reply of the States-General to the memoir of France; in case they refuse to agree to France's terms, the King will exclude them from the regulations in favor of neutral nations. Sir Joseph Yorke's influence with a certain great personage. Splendid part played by their friend [M. Van Berkel]. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 5. Chondeville, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 2A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 5

Bourges. Accusation against one M. le Ralle, who is probably in hiding at Paris, and who, among his other crimes, borrowed ten Louis from him which he never returned; thinks he may seek Franklin's protection, and so forewarns him. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 6. Newenham, Edward, Sir, 1732-1814.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 2A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 6

Marseilles. The protection and assistance he rendered to Americans in Ireland, particularly Colonel Ethan Allen and those who were with him. Desires a license to remain in Marseilles with his two sons and their Swiss tutor.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 7. Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 3L.S. 2p.XIII, 7

Philadelphia. Transmitting an Act of Congress of the 23d ult.; quotes from the Secretary's letter to explain who Mr. Gosrunus Erkelens is and the nature of his occupation; encloses a copy of an Act of Congress of the 1st inst. on the subject of an expedition against Canada. (In triplicate.) Signed: John Jay, President.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XIII, 8. Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 3A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 8

Chaillot. Enclosing a letter, received the day before, from Dr. Berkenbout; wishes to know if anything can be made of it for the public good.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 12. Calmels, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 4L.S. 2p.XIII, 12

Brest. In consequence of the numerous prizes sold at Brest, various articles can be bought for the United States at advantageous prices; offers to transact these purchases. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XIII, 14. Cooper, Samuel, 1725-1783.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 4A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 14

Boston. Speaks of the Marquis de la Fayette in the most complimentary manner. Commends Count d'Estaing highly, and explains the cause for the ungrounded prejudice against him; the peaceable, inoffensive and courteous behaviour of his men. Proposed invasion of Canada.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in works (Sparks, VIII, 305).

XIII, 13. Cuchet, Gaspard-Joseph.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 4L.S. 1p.XIII, 13

Paris. Sending him Faujas de Saint-Fond's "Recherches sur les volcano Éteints du Vivarais et du Velay," for which he subscribed. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XIII, 11. Du Bouchet, Denis Jean Florimond Langlois, Marquis, 1752-1826.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 4A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 11

Auxerre. Wishing Franklin every happiness and prosperity. Desires any news he may have received of General Conway.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 9. Hope and Co (Firm).
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 4A.L.S. 1p.; D.S. 2p.XIII, 9

Amsterdam. Desired by Messrs. Jacob Hagen and Son, of London, to enclose the following copy of a Resolution of the Pennsylvania Land Co. Enclosure. A Resolution to propose to the Governors of the pennsylvania Hospital to receive from the Pennsylvania Land Co. as much of their remaining property in America as may be deemed a reasonable equivalent for the sum due them.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.; D.S. 2p.

XIII, 10. Theobald, James.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 4A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 10

London. In his letter of November, 1777, acquainted Franklin with the death of Mrs. Bache, of Preston; is very anxious for news of Franklin and his family.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

LIV, 1. United States. Treasurer of Loans.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 4A.L.S. 1p.LIV, 1

Philadelphia. Notification of bills of exchange furnished to the Continental Loan Office of Massachusetts Bay. Signed: Fra[nci]s Hopkinson.  (In duplicate.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 16. Bingham, William, 1752-1804.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 5A.L.S. 9p.XIII, 16

St. Pierre. Arrival of Comte d'Estaing and his fleet. Damage sustained by Admiral Byron's fleet during a storm. Capture of the Island of St. Lucia by the English; the expedition against them of Comte d'Estaing, and its ignominious failure, owing to the Comte's weakness and cowardice. Encloses an extract of a letter to M. de Sartine from the Governor of Guadeloupe, on behalf of the owners and crew of an American privateer which was unfortunately sunk by one of the batteries of that island.

General physical description: A.L.S. 9p.

XLI, 99. Brutière, G. Anquetil.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 January 5]A.L.S. 2p.XLI, 99

Seven English prisoners forcibly put on board his ship in September, 1777, by Captain Etienne of the corsair "La Bellone"; applies for the promised indemnity. (In French.)

XIII, 15. Courcelle, ------ de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 5A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 15

Paris. Thanks Franklin for his kindness to M. Briffant who has been well recieved in Boston and asks that the enclosed letter be forwarded to him. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 71. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 5A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 71

The Hague. Precautions taken before recommending M. Jean de Neufville to Franklin. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 71.5. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 [January 5]A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 71.5

The Hague. Introducing the Baron Sturler de l'Altemberg. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 17. Roberdeau, Daniel, 1727-1795.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 5A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 17

Philadelphia. Requesting Franklin to forward the enclosed letter. (In duplicate.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 18. Bradford, John, 1735-1784.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 6A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 18

Boston. Introducing his son to Franklin, and asking him to afford the young man his patronage and advice.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 19. Calmels, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 6L.S. 3p.XIII, 19

Brest. Encloses a list of certain articles which he offers to procure for the United States. Details relative to the sale of "La Revanche." (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

XIII, 20. Holtzer, Antoine.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 6A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 20

Colmar. Concerning a new quality of beer and its various excellencies. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

LXI, 15 and 16. Lloyd, John, 1735-1807.
to the [American] Commissioners
1779 January 7L.S. 5p.LXI, 15 and 16

Nantes. Complaining of lack of protection to American vessels. Signed: John Lloyd et al.

General physical description: L.S. 5p.

XIII, 21. Calmels, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 8L.S. 1p.XIII, 21

Brest. Has just procured an inventory of the sale of the two ships; believes that the larger of the two vessels will be suitable to Franklin's purpose, as well as the cargo of merchandise. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

LXII, 22 (OS). Dagord, Vincent.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 8Mem. in 3d P. 1p.LXII, 22 (OS)

Asks him to obtain his deliverance from prison so as to enter the service of the United States. In French. In duplicate (see also: LXII, 23).

General physical description: Mem. in 3d P. 1p.

XIII, 24. Bondfield, John.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 9A.L.S. 5p.XIII, 24

Bordeaux. Concerning the depreciation of the currency and the consequent high prices. Danger of contracting debts in the present reduced state of the paper credit. Possibility of France advancing a sufficient sum to sink the Continental paper. Aid he has given to two Americans who were wounded in an engagement with an English privateer. The "Governor Livingston" and the "Chasseur" almost ready to sail.

General physical description: A.L.S. 5p.

XIII, 23. Greenleaf, Joseph, 1720-1810.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 9A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 23

Boston. Writes on behalf of his son who has been a prisoner in Portsmouth Jail for several months; begs Franklin to procure his exchange and, if possible, send him home in some public vessel.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 22. Reiche, Paul Christopher.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 9A.L.S. 4p.XIII, 22

Dessau. A Lutheran clergyman with a large family, desires to go to America and earn his living. Has supported his family by teaching, preaching and writing books. Wishes to know whether he can make a support by teaching writing or farming in America; if these are impossible, suggests aiding the American army by his knowledge of strategy. (In Latin.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XIII, 26 (OS). Collas, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 10A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 26 (OS)

Nantes. Thanking Franklin for his favor received by Mr. Wharton, as well as for the articles therein mentioned. According to his advice, has written to Mrs. Mecom for directions how to make crown soap.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 25. Holtzendorff, Ludwig Casimir, Baron de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 10A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 25

Paris. Sends copies of General Washington's letter, testifying to his good character, also his congé from General Gates; joins to this his general essay on the Prossian Tactics which he proposed to General Washington when he found that the American officers were in need of learning their métier.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 27. Montboissier, Philippe-Claude de Beaufort-Canillac, Comte de, 1712-1797.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 11A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 27

Paris. Reminding Franklin of his promise to give a letter of recommendation to M. Fleurian de Langle, a relative of the Marquis de la Fayette. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 72. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 12A.L.S. 3p.XXXIX, 72

The Hague. Affairs in Holland; quotes an explanation of France's memoir, sent to the Grand Pensionnaire by the French Ambassador. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

LIV, 2. Jeffries, John, 1745-1819.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 12L. in 3d P. 1p.LIV, 2

London. Assurance of the continued love and esteem of the members of their Society for Dr. Franklin.

General physical description: L. in 3d P. 1p.

XIII, 29. Lanthenar, François.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 12A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 29

Lyons. Explaining a project of himself and a friend to go to America and engage in commerce at first, and later in agriculture; begs Franklin to give them his advice, and if possible, facilitate their passage over. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 30. Le Maire de Gimel, Jacques.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 12A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 30

Nantes. Announcing the burning of the ship "le Flaman," Captain Blondeau. Has written many times requesting answers to his letters he brought from the Governor of Virginia. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 28 (OS). Soller, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 12A.L.S. 6p.XIII, 28 (OS)

Saarlouis. Concerning the articles manufactured in his iron foundry, and the prices. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 6p.

XXXVIII, 1. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 12A.L.S. 2p.XXXVIII, 1

Nantes. His project of going to America checked; one of the richest ships to his address has been blown up; every soul perished and not a farthing saved; loss sustained by M. de Chaumont and M. [Carrier] de Montieu.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LIX, 58. Ludwig, Georg Balthasar.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 13A.L.S. 2p.LIX, 58

Arnstadt. Offers to send woolen clothes to the United States.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 31. Sayre, Stephen, 1736-1818.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 13A.L.S. 4p.XIII, 31

Copenhagen. Acknowledging his letter of the 25th ult. Containing the approval of his proposition; unfortunately, before its receipt, the ship intended for the voyage was sold at public auction; his regret at such a miscarriage of his plans. His intended trip to Stockholm; is aware that America does not need the good will of any more European powers, but nothing ought to be neglected. Mr. F. Lewis has promised his utmost interest to get him some employment in Europe; his present character that of a modern Don Quixote.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XXXIX, 73. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 15A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 73

The Hague. His Mecca is to see Franklin in Holland, consummating the work begun by himself. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 32. Lavabre, Doerner et Cie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 15A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 32

Paris. Concerning an order by Franklin, to pay a certain sum to a young man, named Colomb de Nismes, at present in a Savannish regiment. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 36. Aigueville, ------ d'.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 16A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 36

Alicante. Orders from the King of Spain to admit American corsairs and their prizes to the port of Alicante; necessity of having a consul-general there to look after American interests; offers himself for the position. In French.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXIX, 74. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 16A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 74

The Hague. By a memoir just presented, Holland is excluded from all the favors which France grants to neutral nations; Amsterdam alone to be left in enjoyment of these; great discontent prevails. In French.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 35. Pickerin, Thomas.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 16A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 35

Brest. Concerning the two prizes taken by him since he left Brest; the Court of Admiralty's failure to condemn the cargo of the second prize.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 34. Pommereuille, -----, Sieur de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 16A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 34

Paris. Undaunted by the cruelty of the English toward French prisoners, desires to fight under the colors of liberty; begs for an interview so that, should his request be refused, he may still have seen the most illustrious man of his age.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXVIII, 2. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 16A.L.S. 1p.XXXVIII, 2

Nantes. Sends Franklin two of his chapters; takes the liberty of keeping the third for himself. Impatiently awaiting the arrival of M. [Carrier] de Montieu.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 37. Lemire, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 17A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 37

Dieppe. Enclosing a memorandum of the sale of two small prizes. Informing Franklin of some excellent beer and rum which he can purchase. In French.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 38. Watson, John. Swain, John.
to Benjamin Franklin and Arthur Lee
1779 January 17L.S. 2p.XIII, 38

Calais. Acquainting them with their capture, by the English, in October, 1777, their subsequent escape, and present confinement in Calais prison; their destitute condition and desire to obtain their freedom in order to reënter the American service.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XIII, 39. Nicolas, Pierre François, 1743-1816.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 18A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 39

Paris. Has sent him a copy of his work "Dissertation Chimique sur leseaux minérales de la Lorraine"; stimulating effect on his own work of Franklin's treatise on electricity. Has discovered a sure process of dyeing cottons a fast black; offers to treat with Franklin concerning this discovery, if it can be of use to America. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 33. Price, Richard, 1723-1791.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 18A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 33

Begging F[rankli]n to procure for the bearer, Mr. Norris, access to the persons he wants to see; his business is to procure some passports; trusts this will give Dr. Franklin small trouble. Sends the enclosed papers by Mr. Norris, of their contents he is ignorant.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXIX, 75. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 19A.L.S. 3p.XXXIX, 75

The Hague. The 26th of January appointed by the King of France for the publication of the new regulations, In case he does not receive a suitable reply from Holland before that time; irresolution in the Holland Assembly; courier sent to France to request a week's delay; attitude of Amsterdam. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XXXIX, 76. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 19A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 76

The Hague. Begging Franklin to pay no attention to an open letter which may be presented to him by a M. Poirier, a lawyer of Dunkirk; his reasons for doubting the good faith of this gentleman; his desire to obtain the position of American agent at Dunkirk; is sending Franklin four lines by the hand of a much better friend to America. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 42. Gillon, Alexander, 1741-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 19A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 42

Brest. Begging Franklin to communicate the contents of the enclosed to his colleagues, particularly to Mr. Izard.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 41. Kéralio, Agathon Guynement, Chevalier de, 1723-1788.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 19A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 41

A l'Ecole Royale. At the request of Prince Gallitzin, sends him a letter, concerning some experiments in electricity. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 40. Pahin de La Blancherie, 1752-1811.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 19A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 40

Paris. Sends Franklin the new plan of the institution of which he is the head; invites Franklin, his grandson and Dr. Adams to the first meeting, to be held on the 20th inst. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 43. Ford, Hezekiah.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 20A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 43

Chaillot. Is quite sure that he left the papers containing the Resolves of Congress in Franklin's book at Passy, after he had finished the copy for Mr. Lee; if they are not to be found will send Franklin a fair copy.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 45. Holtzendorff, Ludwig Casimir, Baron de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 20A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 45

Paris. Wishes to know if Franklin has conferred with his colleagues respecting the papers he sent him and their decision.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 47a. Izard, Ralph, 1742-1804.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 20A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 47a

Paris. Calls upon Franklin to fulfil his promise, made in the presence of Lee and Adams, to send him a copy of his answer to the writer's letter of the 2d inst.; desires at the same time all his reasons, in writing, for disobeying the Resolution of Congress of May 7th, 1778.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 46. Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams
1779 January 20A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 46

Chaillot. His fever still confines him to the house. Urges the absolute necessity of informing the Minister without delay of the exhausted state of their finances.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLIV, 154. Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 January 20]A.L.S. 1p.XLIV, 154

Invites him to M. D'arcy's house to try M. Belton's gun.

XIII, 44. Monthuley, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 20A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 44

Evreux. Having heard that Franklin was pleased with his samples of two colored cloths, offers him the fruits of his labors. Encloses a letter for Mr. Williams. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

LX, 24. Walton, Thomas.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 20D. 1p.LX, 24

Spithead. Copy of discharge given to William Gardner an American prisoner on board the British warship, "Lenox."

General physical description: D. 1p.

XIII, 50. Gilbank, John.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 21A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 50

Nantes. The mortification of their refusal to accept his bill; there is one method still left by which he may raise the desired sum; that is, for them to endorse a bill drawn by him on the President of Congress; if this suggestion is also refused, is afraid it will be attributed to their indifference to the fate of an American officer. Complains bitterly of the treatment he has received; exonerates Congress from being privy to it; hints at a time coming when he may be able to resent this treatment in another way than by words.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 51. Tomling, John. Sheay, John. Redaway, John. Horel, James. Hakins, George.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 21L.S. 1p.XIII, 51

Quimper. Their escape from a British privateer and their present imprisonment among a parcel of French thieves, with only six sons a day to live upon, to lie on dirt at night, and to gaze through iron bars all day; beg Franklin to take pity on his poor countrymen.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

LIV, 5. Lloyd, John, 1735-1807.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 21A.L.S. 4p.LIV, 5

Nantes. Concerning a convoy to guard merchant ships to America. Severity of weather hinders sailing of ships. Acknowledge receipt of a copy of the Treaty of Commerce, and ask what ports are to be free, pursuant to the 30th Article. Refer to danger from Barbary corsairs, and ask advice as to protection from them. Pray for more knowledge as to the impost duties levied by each of the United States. Patience and perseverance will win the present contest.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XIII, 49. Parny des Falines, Jean Baptiste Paul de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 21A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 49

Paris. Writes for information concerning a sum of money deposited in the public treasury, at Charleston, and redeemable at a certain date. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 52. Adamoli, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 22A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 52

Paris. Sending Franklin a poem (see LI, 26) which he trusts will meet with his approbation. Desires to know if the "Société d'Emulation," of London, rewards discoveries presented by any but Englishmen; the discovery in question will considerably shorten long and difficult calculations in weights, measures, monies, etc. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XLIII, 13. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 22A.L. 1p.XLIII, 13

Criticised for her informal relations with Franklin; necessary to submit to what is called propriety. State of her nerves; begs him to drink tea with her every day. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Putnam's Monthly, Nov., 1906, 168.

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XIII, 53. Niles, Robert.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 22A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 53

Nantes. Was captured by a Jersey privateer whose captain accidentally let fall that Mr. Dobrée, of Guernsey, was one of his owners; his son, Mr. Dobree of Nantes, anxious to have in writing the particulars of this conversation, but as it is a matter which concerns the country, thought it best to leave the decision with them.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

LX, 43. Thompson, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 22L.S. 4p.LX, 43

Brest. Was appointed gunner on the brig "Lexington." Lost a leg while on that vessel. Has been in the Royal Marine Hospital at Brest. Is now cured from the effects of an operation. Wishes to proceed to America and requests a passage.

General physical description: L.S. 4p.

XIII, 57. Bondfield, John.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 23A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 57

Bordeaux. Requesting passes for certain American ships which otherwise are taken by their own people as well as by the enemy. Reports received from Cadiz of an engagement between Comte d'Estaing and an English fleet. Letters from Martinique mention that their ports are blockaded by English cruisers and that Comte d'Estaing is daily expected.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 55. Girard, -------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 23A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 55

Rennes. Demands justice from Franklin in the case of one of his compatriots, who hired a chaise from him on the pretext of going to Paris to consult him on important business; since then nothing has been heard of the chaise. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 54. Hartley, David.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 23A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 54

For his sentiments, refers Franklin to his letters written as a Member of Parliament to his constituents. The alliance between France and the United States is an obstacle to peace.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

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XIII, 56. Hartley, David.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 23A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 56

London. Has communicated Franklin's favor of January 1st to the Board of Sick and Hurt and received their answer to the effect that measures are being taken to send to France the number of Americans agreed upon for the exchange.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

LXI, 25. Lee, William, 1739-1795.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 23A.L.S. 2p.LXI, 25

Frankfurt. Requesting the Commissioners to obtain articles of war for the State of Virginia.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXVIII, 3. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 23A.L.S. 2p.XXXVIII, 3

Nantes. Concerning some property belonging to Mr.Simeon Deane which was delivered by mistake to M.Schweighauser. Bill for gunstocks, etc.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLIV, 26. Kentisbear, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 24A.L.S. 2p.XLIV, 26

Toulon. Implores Dr. Franklin to procure his freedom, that he might secure a pass and proceed to his family in America.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 58. Pommereuille, -----, Sieur de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 24A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 58

Paris. Upon hearing that there are 5,000 officers without employment in America, gave up an idea of bearing arms there. Is very anxious to join a friend of his in Boston; desires to know something about that city, if a man can live there pleasantly and if the price of provisions are very high.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

LXII, 20a (OS). Bertols, Julien. Le Cacheur, Pierre. Bourgeois, Vincent.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 25Mem. in 3d P. 1p.LXII, 20a (OS)

Ask Franklin to obtain their liberty so as to enable them to enter the service of the United States. (In French.)

General physical description: Mem. in 3d P. 1p.

XIII, 61. Darrell, Josiah.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 25A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 61

Nantes. Complains that five of his sailors have deserted, and have then been taken on board French privateers. Has been involved in five law-suits; considers one which he lost very unjust, whereby he is forced to pay his sailors' debts, after he had notified the people that he would not be answerable for their debts.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXIX, 77. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 25A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 77

The Hague. Concerning a loan for the United States to be raised at Amsterdam; his dissatisfaction with the manner in which the affair has been conducted. Greater work he could accomplish if he had a formal commission as American Chargé d' Affaires to the United Netherlands. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 64. Gillon, Alexander, 1741-1794.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 25A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 64

Brest. His arrival from America via Havana. Has some letters to deliver to them in person; must first go to Nantes to give directions for the disposal of any property, belonging to South Carolina which has arrived in Europe.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LXII, 21. Le Cacheur, Pierre.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 January 25]1 p.LXII, 21

Reasons for their arrest. (In French.)

XIII, 62. Pahin de La Blancherie, 1752-1811.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 25A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 62

Paris. Missed him at the last meeting; hopes he may have the pleasure of seeing him at the next. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 60. Swallow, James.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 25A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 60

Calais prison. Begging Franklin to obtain his release.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 63. Wuybert, Antoine-Félix.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 25A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 63

Paris. Was unable to see Mr. Lee, on account of his being ill. His miserable situation without money or friends; his family unable to assist him; anchors all his hopes to Franklin; is only too anxious to serve America and revenge himself for all the ill treatment inflicted upon him by the enemy. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 65. Davy des Piltieres, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 26A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 65

La Fleche. His son entered the American service in January, 1777; in 1778, he was a lieutenant in the 4th Battalion of Georgia; since then has heard nothing; if he lives, begs Franklin to aid his advancement, and if he is dead, asks for a certificate of the fact. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XLIV, 27. Kentisbear, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 26A.L.S. 1p.XLIV, 27

Toulon. His inability to either speak or understand French, and begs Dr. Franklin to procure his freedom and enable him to proceed to his family.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 66. Petrie, Samuel.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 26A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 66

Paris. Begging that the enclosed letter be sent to Philadelphia with Franklin's despatches.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 67. Charbonnet, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 27A.L.S. 4p.XIII, 67

Brest. Asks his protection for two friends at Lyons; having received his permission to communicate their plans to him, sends the enclosed letter. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XXXIX, 78. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 27A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 78

The Hague. The Resolution of November 18th annulled by the Holland Assembly; their answer to France not yet decided upon. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 68. La Plaigne, Emmanuel-Pierre de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 27A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 68

Limoges. Asks Franklin to assist his brother, to whom he gave one of the commissions of lieutenant, which the Congress of Georgia empowered him to bestow; has heard that le Sieur de Foucherelles has endeavored to injure his and his brother's reputation. Asks if it is true that Franklin discouraged M. Aubert from attempting another passage to Savannah. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLII, 124. Le Veillard, Louis Guillaume, 1733-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 27A.L.S. 1p.XLII, 124

Wednesday. Begging Franklin to postpone his dinner with Mme. Bouffé from February 2d to the 3d or 10th.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

LXI, 17 (OS). Lloyd, John, 1735-1807.
to the [American] Commissioners
1779 January 28Mem. S. 4p.LXI, 17 (OS)

Nantes. Complaining of the hindrances to American vessels in French waters, and asking for redress.

General physical description: Mem. S. 4p.

LXI, 92. Pickerin, Thomas.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 28L.S. 4p.LXI, 92

Brest. Concerning his right to vessels recaptured as prizes.

General physical description: L.S. 4p.

XXXIX, 79. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 29A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 79

The Hague. Has need of his advice in a career which grows more and more ticklish. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 70. L'Espérance, ------, Baron de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 29A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 70

Paris. Recommending [I.] Bordot for the position of agent of Congress at La Rochelle. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 69. Pélissier, Christophe.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 29A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 69

Lyons. Sent Franklin three certificates of the supplies furnished in 1776 by M. Laframboise to the army of the United States at Three Rivers, in Canada; reminds Franklin of his promise to obtain, from Congress, the payment of this sum. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 71. United States. Continental Congress. Committee of Foreign Affairs.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 29A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 71

Philadelphia. The enemy exerting their forces but too successfully in Georgia; hopes that Comte d'Estaing will be able to operate with the Colonial forces in order to wrest from their foes the fruits of their present success. Late as it is, encloses a quadruplicate of his credentials and wishes him every success in his important agency. Signed: James Lovell. (Copy.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 72. United States. Continental Congress. Committee of Foreign Affairs.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 29A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 72

Philadelphia. Triplicate of preceding, with an additional letter announcing that he has forwarded, via St. Eustatia, letters for Franklin and the Marquis de la Fayette, from the President of Congress. Signed: James Lovell.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

LIV, 6. Mutrie, W. M..
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 30L. 1p.LIV, 6

Bristol. Was made prisoner when the vessel "Senaut Protée," from Philadelphia for France, was captured by two English privateers. Amongst his letters and papers seized were severed bills of exchange drawn on the American Commissioners. The latter are requested not to pay these bills, unless endosed by Hope and Co., of Amsterdam. (In French.)

General physical description: L. 1p.

XLIII, 14. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 January 31A.L. 1p.XLIII, 14

Giving him a comb which will last another twenty years; believes he will have a long life. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Putnam's Monthly, Nov., 1906, 169.

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XXXVIII, 4 (OS). Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to the American Commissioners
1779 January 31A.L.S. 4p.XXXVIII, 4 (OS)

Nantes. Concerning two indorsements, by Arthur Lee, written on the back of his accounts sent to the Commissioners; quotes the two in full; considers them as injurious to his reputation as they are false and malignant; begs them to order an examination of his accounts; desires nothing but justice.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XLIII, 59. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 January]A.L. 1p.XLIII, 59

Wednesday morning. Unable to breakfast with him tomorrow. Expects he will call in the evening to play a game of chess with her. (In French.)

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XLIII, 66. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 January]A.L. 1p.XLIII, 66

Tuesday morning. Reply to Franklin's inquiries about her health. Is going to Paris to consult her doctor. (In French.)

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LXI, 18. Villesboisnet, Pierre-Antoine Espivent de la, 1719-1786.
to the American Commissioners
1779 JanuaryA.L.S. 2p.LXI, 18

Paris. Concerning prize vessels captured by Captain Pi[c]ker[i]n. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 73. Cornic, Veuve Mathurin, et fils.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 1A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 73

Morlaix. Concerning the arrival of a small English ship called the "Butterfly," captured on the 16th by the Corsair, "le Marquis de la Fayette." (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

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VIII, 83. Genet, Edme Jacques, 1726-1781.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779] February 1A.L.S. 3p.VIII, 83

Versailles. Introducing M. Bordot, one of the first victims of England's resentment; his zeal for the American cause; begs Franklin to make him their agent in the town of La Rochelle. (In French.)

XIII, 74. Bondfield, John.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 2A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 74

Bordeaux. Arrival of Captain Jason Lawrence, whose schooner, the "General Arnold," was captured by a Jersey privateer; he destroyed the packets and bills of exchange he had from Congress; he reports great unanimity in Pennsylvania and much spirit in Philadelphia; European goods scarce and dear; the English privateers off Chesapeake Bay very numerous.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLIII, 227. Raynal, Guillaume-Thomas-François, Abbé, 1713-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779] February 2L. 1p.XLIII, 227

Paris. Inviting Dr. Franklin and Mr. John Adams to tea. (In French.)

XXXVIII, 5. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 2A.L.S. 5p.XXXVIII, 5

Nantes. Sending him the letter written to himself and Mr. Adams in consequence of the accusations of Mr. Lee [XXXVII, 4, see p.17]. Concerning the choice of his judges; sends an estimate of the supplies which have passed through his hands and an estimate of his profits, which amounted to not 1 1/4 per cent.

General physical description: A.L.S. 5p.

XIII, 76. Borel, Antoine, 1743-1810.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 3A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 76

Enclosing the two papers confided to him by Franklin; looked in vain for him at M. de la Blancherie's assemblies. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 75. Sears, David, 1752-1816.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 3A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 75

Amsterdam. Concerning some furs which he brought over to France from Boston; trouble with the custom house; desires Franklin to write them a line of explanation.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LIV, 7. United States. Treasurer of Loans.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 3A.L.S. 1p.LIV, 7

Philadelphia. Notification of bills of exchange furnished to the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Signed: Fra[nci]s Hopkinson. (In quadruplicate.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 78. Gordon, William, 1728-1807.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 4A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 78

Jamaica Plains. Asks that the enclosed letter concerning Mr.Parker's ship may be forwarded by a safe conveyance. Thinks Mr.Deane has been imprudent in the matter of his publications. The amazing damage done to the country by too much paper and too little hard money. Hopes the wisdom of Congress and the assistance of France will decrease the high price of all articles.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 77. Lloyd, John, 1735-1807.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 4A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 77

Nantes. Acknowledging their letter of the 26th ult., addressed to several American gentlemen.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLIV, 28. Sarsfield, Guy-Claude, Comte de, 1718-1789.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 4A.L. 1p.XLIV, 28

Paris. Asking Franklin to return him the French verses which he gave him on the last occasion Franklin dined at his house. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

XXXVIII, 6. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 4A.L.S. 1p.XXXVIII, 6

Nantes. Arrival of a brig from Edenton; Captain reports that troops were embarking at New York, that General Washington was moving to the north and General [Nathanael] Greene to the south.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 83. Foucherolles, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 5A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 83

Is anxious to hear what success has attended Franklin's letter on his account, to the Congress of Georgia.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 81. Marchant, Stephen.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 5A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 81

Dunkirk. Has accepted the command of a privateer at Dunkirk and desires a commission from Franklin.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 79. Salucci, Antonio Francesco, et fils.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 5A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 79

Leghorn. Concerning a vessel they have fitted out for America; thanks Franklin for the passport granted the captain and begs him to write to America in order to facilitate this project. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 85. Bingham, William, 1752-1804.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 6A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 85

St. Pierre. Instances in which certain articles of the Treaty of Commerce have not been enforced. Report of a successful enterprise against Savannah, by a detachment of British troops who, it was said, were marching toward Charleston without opposition.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 84. Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 6L.S. 1p.XIII, 84

Chaillot. Sees that Mr. Deane, in his public letter, has declared that he received a Resolution of Congress recalling him and appointing another Commissioner in his place on the 4th of March; desires to know if this fact was concealed from Franklin as well as from him.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XIII, 89 (OS). Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 7L.S. 3p.XIII, 89 (OS)

Brest. Announcing his arrival from Boston where he was fitted out for the purpose of conveying to France, the Marquis de la Fayette and his suite and the Chevalier de Raimondis. Difficulty they had in obtaining seamen owing to the number of privateer ships of war in America; describes a threatened mutiny on board and the instant means they took to check it; at present in need of 100 good seamen. Describes the trip. Thirty-eight of his men in irons.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

XIII, 86. Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams
1779 February 7A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 86

Chaillot. Concerning the appointment of Dr. Bancroft to transact business for them in England; at a loss to conceive why he has no choice in this matter; the notorious character of Dr. Bancroft as a stock-jobber; his living in open defiance of decency and religion; his enmity against him [Lee]; has evidence in his possession proving Dr. Bancroft a criminal with regard to the United States; washes his hands of any such appointment.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 90. Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams
1779 February 7A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 90

Chaillot. Desires to know if it is true that Dr.Bancroft goes to England, charged with a commission from Franklin, Adams and himself

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLIII, 215. Monregard, ------ de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779] February 7L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIII, 215

Accepting his invitation to dinner.

General physical description: L. in 3d P. 1p.

XIII, 88. O'Heguerty, Peter Charles Daniel, Count.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 7A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 88

Nancy. Desires to offer his services to the Americans and begs for a letter of recommendation for that country; has a profession and a fortune, but detests idleness. (In French).

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 87. Raimondis, ------, Chevalier de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 7L.S. 1p.XIII, 87

Brest. Would have delivered personally to Franklin the letter intrusted to him by General Gates, if his health had permitted it; lost his arm while commanding the "Cæsar" in an engagement off Rhode Island, and the wound is not yet healed; has entrusted the letter to M.de La Neuville, a great friend of General Gates. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XIII, 91. Chase, Joseph.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 8A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 91

Nantes. Asking them to procure his brother's discharge from prison at Dinan, as well as certain other prisoners who claim to go on board any ship-of -war belonging to America.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 92. Hartmann, Rudolphe Ernest.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 8A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 92

Amsterdam. Refers to his letters of the 15th and 25th of June with enclosure to General Washington with inquiries concerning Baron Hermann de Zedwitz, who owed him a considerable sum of money. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 93. Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 8A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 93

Amsterdam. No marks mentioned by which Mr.Deane's claim to any of the goods in the possession of the public agent can be ascertained; cannot think it consistent with his duty to concur in delivering them to any person upon so inadequate a claim.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 96. Bondfield, John.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 9A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 96

Bordeaux. Acknowledging the four passports for the ship.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 95. Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams
1779 February 9A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 95

Chaillot. Forwards the letter just received; convinced that the gentleman who offers his services, is unexceptionable as to character and abilities; hopes he will meet with their approbation.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 94. Pringle, John Julius, 1753-1843.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 9A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 94

Paris. Having heard that it is their intention to despatch some person to England to negotiate an exchange of prisoners, offers his services in that capacity.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 99. Bingham, William, 1752-1804.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 10A.L.S. 5p.XIII, 99

St. Pierre, Martinique. Explains a glaring act of injustice to some American seamen by the Judge of the Admiralty; these men, having escaped from prison, entered into the service of an English vessel of which they afterwards gained possession; having arrived at Martinique and being fired on by the forts, they sought the protection of a French frigate who guided them into port; since then the Judge has condemed their ship as a lawful prize of the French frigate; the effect of such injustice on every American on this island.

General physical description: A.L.S. 5p.

XIII, 97. Fournier, Simon-Pierre, 1751-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 10A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 97

Paris. Concerning the type ordered by Franklin, which is ready to be sent.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 98. Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams
1779 February 10A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 98

Chaillot. Being now convinced that Mr. Deane's claim is ascertained by marks, has signed the letter, Reasons why he is unwilling to sign the letter to Captain Jones concerning his commission. Complains of having received a very indecent letter from Dr. Bancroft desiring a copy of the letter containing an attack upon his character; the disclosure of privately expressed opinions can only expose the Commissioners to abuse and malevolence.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 99.5. Wharton, Joseph, 1734-1816.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 11A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 99.5

Nantes. Congratulating Franklin on his appointment as sole representative of America at the Court of France. Wishes to know if this "Alliance" is to return to America and if their fifteen or more vessels may have the benifit of her convoy.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 100 (OS). Rousseaux, Jean.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 12A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 100 (OS)

Calais. Has written two letters explaining his miserable situation and begging for assistance, but has received no reply; lost everything when he was taken prisoner on the 19th of September, 1777. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLIII, 249. Lecomte, Marguerite. Watelet, Claude-Henri, 1718-1786.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 After February 12]N. in 3d P. 1p.XLIII, 249

Send their compliments to Franklin on learning the honorable functions with which he is invested. (In French.)

XIII, 102 (OS). Beaumarchais, Pierre Augustin Caron de, 1732-1799.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 13L.S. 1p.XIII, 102 (OS)

Paris. The proceedings of Mr. Lee obliged him to assert his rights; this does not mean any lessening of his respect and admiration for Franklin. (Press copy.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XIII, 102a (OS). Beaumarchais, Pierre Augustin Caron de, 1732-1799.
to the Continental Congress
1779 February 13L.S. 10p.XIII, 102a (OS)

Paris. Concerning the summons sent his agent at Nantes, by order of the commissioners, to pay over the sum he received from the sale of the small cargo of "La Thèrese"; considers this sum as part payment of the immense amount due him from Congress. Goes over the many instances of his devotion to the American cause since the year 1776; the financial sacrifices he has made and the poor return he has had, culminating in this final proof of ingratitude. Has been falsely represented to Congress as deputed by the French Court to give outright the supplies sent over; owing to such insidious means his letters to Congress remained unanswered and no return was made for the cargoes, Is obliged to address this letter officially to the three Commissioners, but his personal resentment is directed only against Arthur Lee; his opinion of that gentleman's conduct. Pictures the results of an open breach over this affair; his own sources of retaliation. (In French. Press copy.)

General physical description: L.S. 10p.

L(ii), 56b. Belton, Joseph.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 13A. Mem S. 1p.L(ii), 56b

Passy. Receipt for fifty Louis d'ors on account of public service to the United States which he undertook to perform.

General physical description: A. Mem S. 1p.

XIII, 101. Jullien, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 13A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 101

Lyons. The scepter of imposture is broken; the clarion note of philosophy has convicted Bernard and other dangerous snarlers, of lying and error; fearful effects of fanaticism; triumph of reason and humanity as exemplified in America. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 104. Forbach, Marianne Camasse, Comtesse de, 1734-1807.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 14A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 104

Forbach. The long illness of her eldest son; her own collapse after the strain of nursing; her first pleasure is to write to Franklin; is sure of a place in his memory, which she guards with the utmost jealousy. Has received no news of her nephew; fears that he has been captured by the English; will not complain if he has died fighting for America. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 106. Gargaz, Pierre-André.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 14A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 106

Toulouse. Begging Franklin to have the two subjoined manuscripts printed, in order to promote a perpetual peace between America, England, and France. (In French.) A.E. by Franklin. "Project of universal peace by a galley-slave."

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 105. Kéralio, Agathon Guynement, Chevalier de, 1723-1788.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 14L. 1p.XIII, 105

Thanking him many times for the good news received; is much better able to fight when Franklin supplies the weapons. Not necessary in future to sign their letters. (In French.)

General physical description: L. 1p.

LIV, 8. United States. Continental Congress.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 14D.S. 2p.LIV, 8

Attested copy of a resolution ordering duplicates to be issued of bills of exchange, drawn in favor of Robert Bridges. Signed: Charles Thomson, Secretary.

General physical description: D.S. 2p.

XIII, 107. Badger, Jonathan.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 15A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 107

Paris. Apologizes for not waiting in person on Franklin with his humble request, but is obliged to leave at once for Lyons.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 108. Girardin, --------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 15A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 108

Paris. Desires to make some improvements in physical apparatus. The new electrical machine be presented to Franklin is for sale, and can always be seen at the house of M. le Marquis de Courtanvaux; desires Franklin's approval of it. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 103. Grand, Rodolphe-Ferdinand, 1726-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 15A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 103

Passy. Acknowledging certain sums of money. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 109. Anderson, George, 1755-1816.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 16A.L.S. 7p.XIII, 109

Lisbon. Concerning American seaman cast adrift at Lisbon, whose necessities have been relieved by the same gentleman mentioned in his letter of October 20th, 1778. Gives an account of a ship fitted out by this gentleman with a valuable cargo and manned with these American seamen; its subsequent capture by an English gun-ship the "Bellons." Enclose a list of the Americans now at the gentleman's house. Advisability of ordering a few French frigates to cruise off the harbor of Lisbon. Concerning a Mr. Bulkeley, who made his whole estate by the Americans and who is at present part owner of the English privateer, "Bellons."

General physical description: A.L.S. 7p.

XIII, 111. Bondfield, John.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 16A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 111

Bordeaux. Introducing M. Bory, nephew to M. Beaujon at Paris. Arrival of the Marquis de la Fayette from Boston. News of prizes. The failure of the House of Besmarin tends to increase the prejudice against American connections.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXIX, 81. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 16A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 81

The Hague. No answer yet to the French Ambassador. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 110. Walsh, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 16A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 110

English prisoners on board Patience, Brest. While under the care and inspection of the officers of the Ranger, experienced every attention and kindness, but since they have been in the charge of Mr. Riou, they have suffered various kinds of neglect; beg for a speedy exchange. (Copy.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XXXVIII, 8. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 16A.L.S. 2p.XXXVIII, 8

Nantes. Urges Franklin to hasten the examination of his accounts. Recommends Mr. Ridley as the bearer of Franklin's letters and despatches to America.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 115. Calliez, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 17A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 115

Dunkirk. Congratulating Franklin on his appointment as Minister Plenipotentiary; impossible for Congress to have made a choice more gratifying to France. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 114. Cochin, Charles Nicolas, 1715-1790.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 17A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 114

Paris. Recommending M. Panier as the best manufacturer of printing presses. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 116. Gourlade and Moylan.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 17A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 116

L'Orient. Congratulating him on his appointment as Minister Plenipotentiary. The sincerity of their devotion to America.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 117. Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 17A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 117

Brest. Has received a letter from John Lotcher, master of the "Victoria," one of two Swedish ships sent to France to be examined; he reports his arrival at Bas Island and his having lost sight of the other ship, "Anna Louisa," in a fog.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLIV, 152. Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 17A.L.S. 1p.XLIV, 152

Will be at Franklin's house with M. D'Arcy on Friday morning; sorry he did not keep his promise yesterday; Mme. de Maillebois complained of his absence. Experiments with the igneous fluid postponed until he is present. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 113. Mauduit-Duplessis, Thomas-Antoine, Chevalier.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 17A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 113

Desires a written testimonial from Franklin of the services he rendered to America; the great assistance which it will be to him in his approaching interview with the Minister. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 119. Lafreté, Jean-Jacques de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 18A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 119

Paris. Asking for the promised letter of recommendation; sends a packet for M. Gérard which he begs Franklin to forward. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 118. Lavabre, Doerner et Cie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 18L.S. 3p.XIII, 118

Paris. Asking for the return of a certain sum of money placed with Franklin's bankers to the account of M. [Pierre] Colomb, who, however, never touched it. Desires to know if vessels sailing under the Genoese flag can trade freely with the United States. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

XIII, 121. Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 18A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 121

Chaillot. Expects to call the next day and congratulate him on his appointment. Desires nothing more earnestly than to cultivate the harmony recommended in the Resolution of Congress; therefore, he will not, as he had intended, demand an explanation of Franklin's apparent concurrence with Mr. Deane in his outrageous abuse of himself.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 120. Le Roux, C. J. (Charles).
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 18A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 120

Paris. Asking that M. Marin be informed of the day and hour when he (Le Roux) will read about a new, patriotic and disinterested institution. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 121.5. Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 18A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 121.5

Paris. Recommending M. Panier as one of the ablest manufacturers of printing presses; his desire to set up his business in America. Hopes to have a talk with him at M. de la Blancherie's Assembly, which meets that day; congratulates him on his appointment as Minister Plenipotentiary. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

LXXI, 50a. Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 After February 18]1 p.LXXI, 50a

Hopes his gout is gone and that he and his grandson will not fail to come to dine at his house. (In French.)

XIII,124. Bret, M. (Antoine), 1717-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 19A.L.S. 1p.XIII,124

Paris. Having heard that Franklin is commissioned to have a gold sword made for the Marquis de la Fayette, recommends one of his friends who is willing to part with a magnificent sword, made for the late King of Portugal. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 125. Hodenpyl, Susanna.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 19A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 125

Bath. Enclosing a letter for her brother, Mr. Alexander Gillon, of Charleston, who expects to be in Paris in a few days.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 122. Lloyd, Richard Bennett.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 19A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 122

London. Will remain in London until the arrival of Mr. Hartley, to whom he will deliver Franklin's letters.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 126 (OS). Vicq-d'Azyr, M. (Félix), 1748-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 19A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 126 (OS)

Paris. Inviting Franklin to be present at a meeting of the Royal Society of Medicine. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 123. Walkar, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 19A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 123

Paimboeuf. After serving three years in the service of the United States, was taken prisoner by the English and brought to England; made his escape and went to Dunkirk where he was refused aid by Mr. Coffyn; started for Paris, but his money giving out and being unable to speak French, he was enlisted in the "regiment de Berwick"; desires to be sent back to Pennsylvania.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 130. Bondfield, John.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 20A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 130

Bordeaux. Asking for a letter of marque for the ship, "Mary Fearon." Concerning a letter from the President of the Navy Board at Boston.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 128. Desgranges et Compagnie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 20L in 3d P. 1p.XIII, 128

Paris. Sending a prospectus of their armament, and asking that Franklin and his friends should aid an enterprise, whose object is to insure commercial prosperity. (In French.)

General physical description: L in 3d P. 1p.

XIII, 129. Durif de Cazaneuve, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 20A.L.S. 4p.XIII, 129

La Rochelle. Commanded Le Marquis de Lafayette, in the service of Messrs. Mease, Barclay, Caldwell and Co., of Philadelphia; taken prisoner by the English and detained three months at Halifax; exchanged by the Comte d'Estaing and arrived finally at La Rochelle; need of money; begs Franklin to accept a letter of exchange which was drawn on Messrs. Gruel, of Nantes, who refused to pay it. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

LVI(i), 28 (1). John de Neufville and Son (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 February 20]Dr. of D. 6p.LVI(i), 28 (1)

[Amsterdam]. Form of agreement for authorizing John de Neufville and Son of Amsterdam to float a loan of two million guldens for the United States and stipulating the terms of said loan.

Other Descriptive Information: See Diplom. Corresp. of Am. Rev., Wharton. V. 46.

XL, 76. Le Roux, C. J. (Charles).
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 February 20]L. 5p.XL, 76

Paris. His plans for a National Academy of Education, a patriotic and philanthropic institution, the publication of a periodical Journal of Education, and the erection of a Hall of Fame. (In French.)

General physical description: L. 5p.

XIII, 127. Saint-Pierre Dutailli, Joseph-Nicolas.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 20A.L.S. 1p. ;1p.XIII, 127

The Frigate Concord. Officer and engineer in the American service; sends a copy of a letter written to M. de Sartine; his unfortunate experience and present imprisonment on board the frigate Concord. (In French.) [Notes in English on back of Mss.] In M. de St. Pierre's letter to M. de Sartine, he confessed that, knowing how inhumanly the French prisoners were treated, he wrote a letter to the Governor of Jamaica proposing a plan for conquering Carolina and Georgia; encloses this plan and points out its palpable absurdity and the object for which it was written. His imprisonment at St. Domingo; later, sent a prisoner to France.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p. ;1p.

Other Descriptive Information: For enclosure included with this letter see, Saint-Pierre Dutailli to Antoine Raymond Jean Gualbert Gabriel de Sartine, 20 February 1779; LIV, 10.

LIV, 9. United States. Treasurer of Loans.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 201p.LIV, 9

Philadelphia. Notification of bills of exchange furnished to the States of Maryland, New York, Massachusetts-Bay and Delaware. (In quadruplicate.)

General physical description: 1p.

XXXVIII, 9. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 20A.L.S. 2p.XXXVIII, 9

Nantes. Rectification of the mistake relative to Mr. Simeon Deane's goods.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 131b. Brutière, G. Anquetil.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 21A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 131b

Granville. Reminding Franklin of his promise to redress his (Brutiere's) wrongs; was compelled by an American privateer to take on board his ship seven English prisoners, who consumed the major part of his supplies, and forced him to return to Dieppe; desires indemnification for his losses. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 132. Hamelin, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 21A.L.S. 4p.XIII, 132

Nantes. [Joseph] Belton, an American, after boarding with him six months, left without paying; he promised to send the money upon his arrival in Paris whither he went to show Franklin a new kind of gun; begs Franklin's interest to obtain it for him. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XLII, 142. Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 February 21]A.L. 1p.XLII, 142

Prevented from seeing Franklin by a summons to be present at the King's levée; a foolish law in kingly countries called etiquette; promises to wait on him the next day with news from Versailles.

XIII, 133. Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 21A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 133

Chaillot. Acknowledging Franklin's letter of the 18th inst. in which he desires all the papers belonging to their department; reason why he declines to give up the few original papers in his possession relating to the transactions of their late joint Commission; if Congress orders it, will cede the point.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 137. Bondfield, John.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 22A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 137

Bordeaux. Report just received from La Rochelle of the arrival there of a State vessel loaded with tobacco; no particulars as yet.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 136. Feutry, Aimé Ambroise Joseph, 1720-1789.
to William Temple Franklin
1779 February 22A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 136

Paris. Desiring that the enclosed pamphlet and letter may be forwarded to Mr. Silas Deane. Refers him to a certain page and line of his latest work for the quatrain referring to Franklin. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 134. Mante, Thomas.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 22A.L.S. 4p.XIII, 134

Fort l'Eveque. Obliged to have recourse to Franklin's bounty once again; the obduracy of his antagonist, which all the efforts of M. Turgot cannot soften, still subjects him to an unjust imprisonment; for want of a small sum of money, is unable to record his letters of naturalization. Has translated M. Dupont's Table of the Principles of Political Economy into English; desires to dedicate it to Franklin. His hope of retruning one day to America.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XIII, 135. Taverne Demont Dhiver, ------.
to the American Commissioners
1779 February 22A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 135

Dunkirk. Influenced by their recommendation, given to Captains Marchant and Arnold, both of Boston, is ready to employ them on his vessel, the "Comte de Maurepas"; desires Franklin to send two commissions to them, under his care. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXIX, 82. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 23A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 82

The Hague. Answer to the French Ambassador returned as not satisfactory. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 138. Johnson, Joshua, 1742-1802.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 23A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 138

Nantes. Congratulating him on his appointment as Minister Plenipotentiary, Begs him to interfere in the matter of exorbitant duties levied on some old furniture of his.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXVIII, 10. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 23A.L.S. 1p.XXXVIII, 10

Nantes. Answers to certain questions about Mr. Mercier.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

LXX, 31b. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 February 24]A.L.S. 2p.LXX, 31b

Has been very ill with a nervous trouble. Did not receive visitors, but sorry they did not make an exception in his case. Asks him to call to see her as soon as possible. (In French.)

XIII, 142. Du Bois, Henry.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 25L.S. 2p.XIII, 142

Amsterdam. Desires Franklin to send the enclosed letter to Messrs. Wallisch and Hancock, as he is furnishing them with various article in his trade. Reports that the ship commanded by Captain Moses Grinnell, from Boston, and destined for Amsterdam, has arrived at Rotterdam. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XIII, 140. Gridley, Joseph.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 25A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 140

Nantes. Desiring the position of Consul to the United States in France.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 143. Le Roux, C. J. (Charles).
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 25A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 143

Paris. Begging Franklin to deliver to M. Necker the memoir, entitled, "Plan d'un nouvel Etablissement patriotique et désinteressé"; if this plan merits Franklin's approbation, has another copy for him. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 141. Thompson, Benjamin.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 25A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 141

Nantes. Is a native of Boston and a son of the late Captain Thompson who commanded the galley, " Experiment," in the service of Pennsylvania; gave up his commission in the army to take up commerce; his unsuccessful expedition to France; his present situation without money or friends; desires Franklin to procure him some honest employment and to help him out of his most pressing difficulties. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

LXII, 23. Dagord, Vincent.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 26Mem. in 3d P. 1p.LXII, 23

Asks him to obtain his deliverance from prison so as to enter the service of the United States. In French. In duplicate (see also: LXII, 22).

XIII, 144. McLaughlin, ------. Creery, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams
1779 February 26L.S. 3p.XIII, 144

Paimboeuf. Account of their services in the army of the United States and their arrival in France in the "Boston" firgate commanded by Captain Tucker; were enticed into Berwick's French regiment, and having deserted in order to return to America, were retaken, punished and imprisoned; asks to be redeemed and sent back to the Continental troops.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

XXXIX, 83. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 26A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 83

The Hague. Information about a certain clique of foreigners in France, enemies to America, who are kept informed by her false friends of all her adherents attempt to do. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 147. Elie de Beaumont, Jean-Baptiste-Jacques, 1732-1786. Elie de Beaumont, Mme. (Anne-Louise Morin-Dumesnil), 1729-1783.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 26A.N. 1p.XIII, 147

Paris. Invitation to dinner. (In French.)

General physical description: A.N. 1p.

LXX, 60. La Colombe, ------ de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 26A.L.S. 1p.LXX, 60

Au Puy. Requesting Dr. Franklin to forward in his mail a letter to M. [Conrad Alexandre] Gérard [de Rayneval] which he sends. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 145. Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 26L.S. 3p.XIII, 145

Brest. Objects to completing his crew with French sailors. Repairs needed on the "Alliance"; enumerates the advantages of having her sheathed with copper; being thus equipped, sincerely believes there will be no frigate her equal in the world.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

XIII, 146. Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 26A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 146

Brest. Before he set out for Marseilles, to take command of the "Flamand," he spoke to Mr. Deane concerning his compensation and Franklin approved of his views. Action of the Congress in relation thereto. Mr. Deane has been sitting in the Congress a long time, but nothing definite has yet been done. His monthly pay has been due since July 4th, last; has sold all his clothes and spent his cash, and has but nine guineas left.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 149. Bordot, François.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 27A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 149

La Rochelle. Reporting the appearance, off the coast, of the French frigate, "Courageuse," with an English six and twenty gun privateer in tow: the fight said to have been desperate; no particulars as yet.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 151. MacCreery, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 27A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 151

Bordeaux. Asking Franklin to procure American merchants the liberty of loading salt at Bordeaux, free of duty; complains that their ships are treated as stangers and obliged to pay duties accordingly.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 150. Marchant, Stephen.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 27A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 150

Has been promised the command of a privateer at Dunkirk; writes to ask for an American commission.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 148. Paulze, Jacques, 1721-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 27L.S. 2p.XIII, 148

Paris. Thanking Franklin for the information of the arrival, at L'Orient, of the French ship " La Bergère," loaded with tobacco from Maryland; has written concerning their portion of the cargo. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XIII, 152. Conti, Louis-François-Joseph de Bourbon, Prince de, 1734-1814.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 28L.S. 1p.XIII, 152

Paris. Has arranged with Messrs. de Vergennes and sartine to give him the necessary passports for his stud-groom Riotto [Augustin Badran]; begs also for Franklin's passport; he goes to England to procure dogs and horses. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XIII, 154 (OS). Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 28A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 154 (OS)

Brest. Concerning the trial of the conspirators; urges again the advisability of sheating his vessel with copper; has not time to make an estimate of the expense of all the repairs needed; his reasons for objecting to exchange most of the conspirators and carry three or four of the wickedest to America for trail, as Franklin suggests.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 153b. Rousseaux, Jean.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 February 28A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 153b

Dunkirk. Claims his salary as well as his prize money due him during the service to Congress. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLII, 134. Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 February]A.L.S. 1p.XLII, 134

[Paris.] His Majesty's orders to remain in Paris without seeing a great number of acquaintances; thousand absurd rumors circulated about American affairs; happy to receive Franklin at his house.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLI, 22. Croy, Emmanuel, Duc de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 March 1]L. in 3d P. 1p.XLI, 22

Special instructions given by M. de Sartine that all the vessels of the King and all the corsairs should take precautions not to injure Captain [James] Cook; thinks it would be well to warn the American corsairs also. (In French.)

Other Descriptive Information: Printed: De Beer, Gavin R., The Sciences were Never at War, pg. 27.

XXXIX, 84. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 1A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 84

The Hague. Address presented to the States General and the Holland Assembly by a deputation of Rotterdam merchants, protesting against the wrong done them by the decree published in France; committee appointed to consult thereon with the Admiralty. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLI, 176. Saint-Lambert, Jean-François, Marquis de, 1716-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 After March 1]A.L.S. 2p.XLI, 176

Chevalier Villepré sailing for America to serve as Lieutenant-colonel in the service of the United States; asks permission for his nephew to accompany him. (In French.)

XIII, 156. Hartley, David.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 2A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 156

London. Has shared Franklin's discontent respecting the delay in the exchange of prisoners. Has received positive assurance that the first cartel-ship has left Spithead, on her passage to Plymouth, to take on board the first hundred. Has spoken to the Minister concerning Franklin's proposal to send Dr. Bancroft to expedite the exchange, but he thought it needless in so plain a business.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 155. Lloyd, Richard Bennett.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 2A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 155

London. Sends a copy of a letter received by Mr. Hartley from the Office for Sick and Wounded Seamen; Mr. Hartley's kind reception of him and his promise to send Franklin the earliest intelligence concerning an exchange of prisoners.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXVIII, 11. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 2A.L.S. 2p.XXXVIII, 11

Nantes. Business connected with his agency at Nantes.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 160. Bingham, William, 1752-1804.
to the American Commissioners
1779 March 3L. 3p.XIII, 160

St. Pierre, Martinique. Obliged to draw on them to pay for the fitting out of the frigate, Deane, and the armed brigantine, the General Gates, now at St. Pierre; justifies this step; Congress indebted to him for a large sum; it is with the greatest difficulty he can support the weight of such heavy advances. Copy, in duplicate (see also: XIII, 160 1/2).

General physical description: L. 3p.

XIII, 160.5. Bingham, William, 1752-1804.
to the American Commissioners
1779 March 3L. 3p.XIII, 160.5

St. Pierre, Martinique. Obliged to draw on them to pay for the fitting out of the frigate, Deane, and the armed brigantine, the General Gates, now at St. Pierre; justifies this step; Congress indebted to him for a large sum; it is with the greatest difficulty he can support the weight of such heavy advances. Copy, in duplicate (see also: XIII, 160).

XIII, 157. Blodget, Nathan.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 3A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 157

Brest. Desiring permission to leave the "Alliance," where he holds the position of purser, and go to Paris on his own business.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 85. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 3A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 85

The Hague. Decision of the Admiralty already taken; understands that it is to be in accord with Amsterdam's wishes. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 158. Duverger, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 3A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 158

Liege. Offering his service to supply Franklin with arms for the United States. (In French.) A.E. by Franklin. Obliged to the gentleman but has not at present anyorders of that kind to be executed.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 159. Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 3A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 159

Brest. In reference to orders from the Navy Board of Boston, as to pay of the ship's company; encloses a copy. Expresses pleasure at the prospect of having the Honorable Mr. Adams as a passenger.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LXXI, 38a. Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 March 3]1 p.LXXI, 38a

Inviting him to dinner and to assist at a meeting of the Academy of Sciences. (In French.)

LI, 56. Hallinan, John.
to Benjamin Franklin and the Marquis de Lafayette
[1779 After March 3]1 p.LI, 56

Verses

XIII, 161. Montaudouin de La Touche, J.-G. (Jean-Gabriel), 1722-1780.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 4A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 161

Nantes. Congratulating Franklin on his late appointment. Trusts that he has ceased to be troubled by the gout. Sorry to hear of the lack of success Comte d'Estaing has had. Introducing M. David de Morlaix. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 163. Oliver, Richard, 1735-1784.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 4A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 163

London. Expects to leave shortly for the West Indies with two or three friends; desires Franklin to lend them the protection of his name, should the fate of war make them prisoners.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 164. Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 4A.L.S. 4p.XIII, 164

Philadelphia. Concerning Mr. Deane's inflammatory address, published in the newspapers of December 5th; the influence it exerted on the public; his reply to it; the abuse he met with not only from the people but from Congress. Justifies his attack on Mr. Deane from the papers in his possession; the pains he took not to involve Franklin in this affair; has had an exceeding rough time of it, but the tide of public sentiment has turned in his favor. Sent in his resignation of Secretary to the Committee of Foreign affairs.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: [Note on MS. by unknown hand. An unfair letter! Paine dismissed from his office as Secretary for using his position to publish the substance of secret despatches.]

XIII, 162. Ridley, Matthew, 1749-1789.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 4A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 162

Nantes. Congratulating Franklin on his appointment.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 168. Baldwin, Christopher.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 5A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 168

London. Their ardent desire to see him again; his Mrs. Baldwin's regular Sunday entertainment. Hopes his son has received the letters of recommendation sent by Franklin. The profile he alluded to is 2 1/2 inches long, of the Royal Manufactory of Sauve; Miss Watkins promises to kiss it the moment it comes to hand.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 166. Bon de Corcelles, Pierre.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 5A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 166

Moudon. His admiration for America; desires to settle there, preferably in Pennsylvania, with several farmers who will go over under his direction; wishes information as to the price of land or whether it is granted gratis. (In French.) A. Dr. of answer by Benjamin Franklin. That the lands in Pennsylvania not yet granted all belong to the Proprietary, Mr. Penn. That he sells them for £5, sterling, the 100 acres. A price so low that probably the gentlemen would chuse rather to purchase than to accept them as a gift. That no lands are given to encourage strangers to settle in that province. A good climate, good air, good soil, good government, good laws and liberty have been sufficient encouragements without hiring inhabitants by other gifts; and all these he will meet with, besides an honest, virtuous people, who receive strangers with a sincere welcome and will respect his talents.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 169. Gourlade and Moylan.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 5A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 169

L'Orient. Requesting instructions regarding the cargo of tobacco arrived from Virginia.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 165 (OS). Mons, Mrs. Samuel Stanley, Baroness de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 5A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 165 (OS)

Altona. Asking Franklin's influence with Congress that she may obtain possession of her property. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLII, 85 (OS). Mons, Samuel Stanley, Baron de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 March 5]L.S. 4p.XLII, 85 (OS)

Explains the straits to which he and his family have been reduced by the pillage of his plantations near Boston and Charlestown by both armies in America. Begs Franklin to help him secure possession of his property. (In French.)

LIV, 15. United States. Treasurer of Loans.
to the American Commissioners
1779 March 5A.L.S. 1p.LIV, 15

Philadelphia. Notification of bills of exchange furnished the States of New Hampshire, New Jersey and Virginia. Signed: Fra[nci]s Hopkinson. (In triplicate.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLII, 62. Laneuville, Louis Pierre Penot Lombart, Chevalier de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 Before March 6]L.S. 1p.XLII, 62

A Brigadier-general in the service of the United States; has returned to France; sends Franklin certificates and testimonials given to him by Congress and the general officers of the army. (In French.)

XIII, 170. Aubry, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 6A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 170

Luxeuil. Desires Franklin to procure his son employment in America. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 177. Bondfield, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 6A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 177

Bordeaux. News of the arrival of various ships from America. South Carolina perfectly secure from any attempt of the enemy. The ships at Nantes loaded and ready to sail.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 173. Delap, Samuel.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 6A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 173

Bordeaux. Asking Franklin to give his decision in the case of a prize brigladen with fish and oil, whose sale was stopped by the Judge of the Admiralty; need of haste owing to the perishable quality of the cargo.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 171. Hartmann, Rudolphe Ernest.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 6A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 171

Amsterdam. Wrote him the year before, in June, with a request to forward to General Washington his letter concerning the whereabouts of Baron de Zedwitz, who owes him a large sum of money; desires to know if Franklin has received any information. (In French.) A. E. by Franklin. Sent his letter to America, but has heard nothing since.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 174. Johnson, Joshua, 1742-1802.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 6A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 174

Nantes. Thanking him for his readiness to release him from the duties imposed on his furniture by the Farmers-General; sends a list of the articles involved. Pleased with the appointment of the Alliance to convey their ships to America. Arrival of "La Bergère" with a cargo of tobacco.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 176. Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 6A.L.S. 10p.XIII, 176

L'Orient. The mystery so delicately mentioned in Franklin's favor of the 24th, he intended to explain much earlier; encloses a copy of the original paper; the subject was communicated to sundry members of Congress at the beginning of the war; after this misfortune of his life, was advised to retire incognito to America until the Admiralty Commission should arrive on the Island; everything changed by the revolution in America; appointments he received in the navy of the Colonies; his summary of his own character. Explains the affair of the pillage of Lord Selkirk's plate; his intention to restore it; believes Mr. Alexander to be his enemy; his indifference to spies. Congratulates Franklin on his appointment. Concerning the outfit of the "Poor Richard."  [Enclosure.] Account of the accidental killing of a mutinous sailor, by the master of West India ship [evidently John Paul Jones himself]; his actions, subsequent to this melancholy accident; reasons why he did not surrender himself for trial.

General physical description: A.L.S. 10p.

Other Descriptive Information: See also "John Paul Jones Commemoration at Annapolis, April 24, 1906.", Washington, 1907, p. 123 et seq. Printed in The Independent, April 12, 1906, P. 833.

XIII, 172. MacCreery, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 6A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 172

Bordeaux. Wrote Franklin concerning the port duties charged on sundry articles shipped by the subjects of the United States. Asks him to obtain permission from the Minister for Messrs. Delap and himself to load the ship "Buckskin" with salt, free of duty. Offers to take any goods bound for Maryland.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 175. Roberdeau, Jacques-Dominique de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 6A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 175

Haguenau. In February of the proceeding year, sent Franklin a letter to forward to General Daniel Roberdeau, Member of Congress in the United States; having received no answer, encloses another, which he begs may be sent by a safe conveyance. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLIV, 103. Unidentified.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779] March 6L. 1p.XLIV, 103

Glad to hear of his welfare; neither of the drafts mentioned have appeared. Wishes they may live to meet when swords and spears are beat into plough shares and pruning hooks.

General physical description: L. 1p.

XIII, 179. Stockton, Samuel W., 1751-1795.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 7A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 179

Frankfurt-on-the-Main. Franklin's acquaintance with the reasons for his coming to and remaining in Germany; is now about to return to America, unless Franklin can suggest some situation in which he can serve his country; if not, begs leave to carry Franklin's next despatches to Congress; this will perhaps entitle him to a free passage, an important point with him at present. Congratulates him on his appointment.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 180. Bondfield, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 9A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 180

Bordeaux. News of the arrival of certain vessels with their prizes. Lack of success among the French privateers from these ports.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXVIII, 13. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 9A.L.S. 2p.XXXVIII, 13

Nantes. General run of articles ordered from America. Letter he wrote Mr. Lee.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 183. Arlincourt, Louis-Adrien Prévost d', 1743-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 10A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 183

Paris. Have a bill of exchange drawn on Franklin, for which they desire his signature. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

LXX, 32a. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779] March [10]A.L. 1p.LXX, 32a

Passy. Was disappointed when she heard Franklin's carriage go away. Had expected him to come in. Has been suffering from insomnia. Asks him to call soon. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

XIII, 184. Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 10A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 184

Brest. Can do nothing respecting their Swedish prize until he receives Franklin's positive orders concerning the disposal of the prisoners and the refitting and manning of his ship.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 181. Sayre, Stephen, 1736-1818.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 10A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 181

Copenhagen. Well pleased at the disposition of the Swedish Court towards the American cause; has had several conferences with the Prime Minister and the king; believes that through Sweden, Russia might be wrought upon to change her attitude. Is about to leave for Amsterdam, whence he means to sail for America; desires Franklin to send him word if he can employ him in any adequate or useful manner. Hints at the likelihood of a certain family sowing seeds of discord in America.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 182. Taverne Demont Dhiver, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 10L.S. 1p.XIII, 182

Dunkirk. Observes by Franklin's favor of the 28th ult. that he is waiting to hear from Congress before granting his request.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXXVIII, 14. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 10A.L.S. 2p.XXXVIII, 14

Nantes. Enclosing a copy of his letter to Mr. Lee [of March 8] to which he has received no answer. Sorry to hear that M. Beaumarchais and the late Commissioners could not agree.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLIV, 29. Unidentified.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 10A.L. 1p.XLIV, 29

Requesting Franklin to accept the enclosed drafts. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

XIII, 186. Priestley, Joseph, 1733-1804.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 11A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 186

London. Introducing Mr. Hamilton, of Ireland, a friend of liberty, and a lover of science. Has often wished for an opportunity to converse, or even to write with freedom on the subject of a scheme once entertained by Franklin in his favor. Is just printing off a volume of a new work of experiments in various branches of natural philosophy; promises to send him a copy.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 185. Sovalete, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 11L. 1p.XIII, 185

Paris. Desiring him to frank the accompanying letter. (In French.)

General physical description: L. 1p.

XIII, 189.5. Arondel, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 12A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 189.5

Paris. Related to Lord Arundel in England; has tried for six months, in vain, to obtain a position which will enable him to support his aged father; at present is only a common soldier; requests Franklin's protection; if this is refused, will be obliged to go to England and accept benefits from Lord Arundel. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 188. Mante, Thomas.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 12A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 188

Solicits an answer to the letter he wrote some days before.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 187. Pées, Bernard.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 12A.L.S. 4p.XIII, 187

Nantes. Giving an account of his misfortunes since quitting St. Pierre, Martinique, in January, 1777, with a cagro bound for Charleston; twice he lost his vessel and twice he was imprisoned by the English; is now anxious to return to his wife and children at St. Pierre; sends Franklin a sum in silver of the United States and begs for an equivalent in French livres. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XIII, 189. Ridou, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 12A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 189

Paris. Has heard of Franklin's success in curing several persons of the dropsy; begs to know the remedy. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLIV, 104. Marat, Jean Paul, 1743-1793.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 Before March 13]L. 2p.XLIV, 104

Requests his presence at the hotel of the Marquis de l'Aubespine, at the repeating of the discoveries made on the igneous fluid. New experiments with the electrical fluid will be performed.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed: Revue Histoire de la Revolution Française et de L'Empire, vol. 4, 360. APS Film 587

XIII, 191. Astori, François.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 13A.L.S. 4p.XIII, 191

Naples. Pays Franklin extravagent compliments. Speaks of Franklin having introduced his grand-son to Voltaire, that he might say like Ovid did of Virgil; "Virgilium vidi." (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XIII, 192. Boyenval, Louis-Marie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 13A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 192

Montreuil. Desires to enter the American army and to spend the rest of his days in that country; hopes Franklin can procure him a commission.  [A.E. by Franklin.] Particularly instructed by Congress not to give encouragement to any persons desirous of serving in America as officers; abundance of officers in the country who cannot find employment.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 193. Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 13A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XIII, 193

Chaillot. Acknowledging Franklin's two letters; being employed in moving to new lodgings, cannot answer them for some days.

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

XIII, 190. Sykes, H..
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 13A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 190

Paris. Encloses a letter from Mr. Haywood, which will explain all the particulars relative to the small globe which Franklin was interested in.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 194. Anquetil-Duperron, M. (Abraham-Hyacinthe), 1731-1805.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 14A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 194

Paris. Sends Franklin his work, La Legislation Orientale. France worthy of the honor the United States has conferred on them. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLI, 123. Dusaulx, Jean-Joseph, 1728-1799.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 March 14]A.L.S. 1p.XLI, 123

Paris. Deputed by his colleague, M. Anquetil Duperron, to present Franklin with his book, "Legislation Orientale." (In French.)

XIII, 195. Wright, Patience Lovell, 1725-1786.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 14A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 195

London. Expects to return to America and will stop over at Paris to see her old friend. Her ability as a skillful modeller in wax; asks Franklin's opinion as to her chances of exercising this art in Paris; hopes to meet with the same success which she has achieved in London.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 196. Bauchot, L..
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 15A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 196

Nantes. Has experienced the same trials as M. Marchant, whom Franklin sent to Dunkirk to command a frigate; begs for a letter of recommendation to some French agent at Nantes. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 86. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 15A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 86

The Hague. Arrival of M. Sturler and M. de Neufville; account of the time he spent with the latter. Has put in order the plan of the future treaty [between Holland and America]. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 197. Sutton de Clonard, Jean, Comte.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 15L. in 3d P. 1p.XIII, 197

Asking that the passports and the needful papers may be sent. Begs that Thomas Wilkinson, formerly pilot of the "Drake," may be included in the first exchange of prisoners.

General physical description: L. in 3d P. 1p.

XIII, 198. Carrier de Montieu, Jean-Joseph.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 16A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 198

Rochefort. Congratulating him on his appointment as Minister Plenipotentiary. Encloses two accounts which he begs him to settle. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

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XIII, 199. Caffieri, Jean-Jacques, 1725-1792.
to William Temple Franklin
1779 March 17A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 199

Paris. The bust of Franklin is packed and ready; hardened it with wax, as desired; hopes it will arrive in good condition. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 201. Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 17A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 201

Brest. Sends a list of the ship's company showing the smallness of his crew. Surprised and wounded at Franklin's remarks about incurring expenses, etc. Delay in arranging for the disposal of the mutineers; difficulty of procuring the necessary articles for rigging his ship; repairs at present in progress; after the mutineers are on shore, provided the crew be strong enough, will proceed wherever Mr. Schweighauser directs, be the consequence what it may.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLIV, 168. Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 March 17]A.L. 1p.XLIV, 168

Hopes that his latest attack of gout is now relieved. If weather is fine tomorrow "the unknown or anonymous person" will make experiments on the fire principle ("feu principe") at the residence of the Marquis de l'Aubespine. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

XIII, 200. Shipley, Georgiana, 1756-1806.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 17A.L.S. 4p.XIII, 200

London. Laments the necessary interruption of their correspondence. Trusts he has recovered from his attack of gout. Their removal from Jermyn street to Bolton street; expects to spend the summer at Twyford. Her devotion to reading and drawing; has made no great progress in electricity since her instructor went away. Family news.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XIII, 202. Blunt, Dorothea, 1733-1809.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 18A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 202

Kensington. Offered a chance by their friend "Saint Hutton" to get a letter to Franklin. Finds fault with him for remaining long enough in England to gain the love of some, and then quarreling with others to such fatal effect. Details all the news concerning his family.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

LXII, 27. Dagord, Vincent.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 18Mem. in 3d P. 1p.LXII, 27

Brest. Request to be released from prison to enter the service of America. In French. In triplicate (see also: LXII, 28 and 29).

General physical description: Mem. in 3d P. 1p.

XXXVIII, 15. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 18A.L.S. 3p.XXXVIII, 15

Nantes. Dined Mr. Adams. Convinced that M. de Fontevieux arrived safely in America the previous summer. M. [Carrier de] Montieu's desire to have him take the Franklin frigate and one or two other vessels to America.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XLII, 123. Lee, Stephen.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 Before March 19]A.L.S. 1p.XLII, 123

Dinan. A young Irishman taken prisoner by the Brest fleet on his way to Jamaica; begs Franklin to procure his liberty and passage to America.

XIII, 204. Caffieri, Jean-Jacques, 1725-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 19A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 204

Paris. The box is ready to be removed whenever Franklin pleases; sends directions for unpacking it, in case it is sent to America. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 205. Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 19A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 205

Paris. Acknowledging Franklin's favor of the 13th relative to the few papers of their late joint Commission, remaining in his hands; is ready to give copies, sealed and authenticated, of all of them, but declines to relinquish the originals, which are necessary for the vindication of his character; that Mr. Adams gave up his papers, unasked, is not a case in point, he not being calumniated.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 203. Marigny, Charles-René-Louis, Chevalier de Bernard de, 1740-1816.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 19A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 203

Brest. Doubts not that it was in great part due to Franklin that he obtained the position of captain in the navy. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

LXII, 105 (OS). Ried, Baron de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 Before March 20]L. in 3d P. 1p.LXII, 105 (OS)

Gives his qualifications and requests a commission in the army. (In French.)

LXXIV, 95. Bancroft, Edward, 1744-1821.
to WIlliam Temple Franklin
1779 March 20A.L.S. 1p.LXXIV, 95

Chaillot. Asking on the behalf of Mrs. [Guillaume] Bousie, whose husband is in Londn, for a passport for a vessel called the London Packet, carrying a cargo of French wines from Calais to London. Would like an American passport from Dr. Franklin to insure the vessel's safety. (See also: LXXIV, 96-98).

XIII, 209. Bernardi, Gioanni de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 20A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 209

Turin. Offers his services to America in the quality of jurist, and desires Franklin's advice as to his chances of success. (In Italian.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLIII, 22. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779] March 20A.L. 1p.XLIII, 22

Inviting Franklin to tea, to hear some music and play a game of chess. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Putnam's Monthly, Nov., 1906, 171.

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XLIV, 251. Forbach, Marianne Camasse, Comtesse de, 1734-1807.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779] March 20A.L.S. 1p.XLIV, 251

Is just leaving for Versailles. Sends him a little memoir which was recommended to her. Will occupy her new house on her return. Expects Franklin will call to see her there and win a few games of chess. (In French.)

LIV, 17. Hopkinson, Francis, 1737-1791.
to the American Commissioners
1779 March 20A.L.S. 1p.LIV, 17

Boston. Note of a mistake in giving two sets of bills of exchange the same numbers.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 3. Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 March 20]A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 3

Paris. Has just returned from Versailles, where he went hunting with the King. Hopes Franklin is free by this time of the troublesome gout. The Senegal taken by the Americans. Desires an interview for the discussion of important matters.

XIII, 208. Leveux, Jacques, 1745-1816.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 20A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 208

Calais. Enclosing a list of the Americans detained at Calais as prisoners, with other details concerning them; if Franklin will send him an order for their release, will make a proper use of it; desires to know if he is to give them any money, as they are quite naked; has failed to find anyone by the name of Rousseaux, so cannot give the desired information.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 207b. Marcel, Samuel.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 20A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 207b

Berne. Offers his services to America as a soldier, merchant or farmer; reasons for preferring the first-named; his qualifications, experience, etc.; conditions under which he is willing to go. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 206 (OS). Tarbouriech et Compagnie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 20A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 206 (OS)

Carcassonne. Offers to supply Congress with the finest cloth for officers' uniforms. (In French.)  A.E. by Franklin. Thanking them for offer, but, since the treaty between France and America, all such affairs are left to private merchants; wil communicate his letter to Mr. Jonathan Williams, of Nantes.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LIV, 8a. United States. Treasurer of Loans.
to the American Commissioners
1779 March 20A.L.S. 1p.LIV, 8a

Philadelphia. Notifying them of the issuance of the duplicate bills authorized by the Continental Congress February 14, 1779. Signed: Fra[nci]s Hopkinson.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

LIV, 18. United States. Treasurer of Loans.
to the American Commissioners
1779 March 20A.L.S. 1p.LIV, 18

Philadelphia. Notification of the issuance of bills of exchange to the State of New Jersey. Signed: Fran[ci]s Hopkinson.  (In triplicate.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 210. Woestyn Frères.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 20L.S. 2p.XIII, 210

Dunkirk. Their intention to build a frigate for the destruction of France and America's common enemy; desires Franklin's permission to name the ship after him; wishes Franklin or some of his friends would take a part interest in her. Also interested in another expedition which consists in loading a merchant vessel at Marseilles for America. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XLI, 116. Bernardi, Gioanni de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 After March 20]A.L.S. 2p.XLI, 116

Desires to settle in America and asks his advice. (In Itailan.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 215. Bailey, Joseph. Gardner, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 21A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 215

Bayonne. Born upon the Island of Nantucket; sailed from there to Bordeaux, but was taken prisoner by an English vessel; his subsequent misfortunes up to his present incarceration in a French prison; he and two other Americans desire to be released and to go on board a Continental vessel or merchant ship bound for America.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 214. Kéralio, Agathon Guynement, Chevalier de, 1723-1788.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 21A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 214

A l'Ecole Royale M[ilitai]re. Desired by Madame la Comtesse de Forbach to send him the enclosed copy of a letter she received from the Marquis de la Fayette; delivered to her Franklin's affectionate message which she desires to see in his own handwriting, like Madame Helvetius who pretends that one only loves people when one sees them. Believes that Spain's declaration is not far distant. Has heard no details as yet of M. de Vaudreuil's expedition. Reminds Franklin of his promised answer to Prince de Gallitzin. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 212. Sayre, Stephen, 1736-1818.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 21A.L.S. 7p.XIII, 212

Copenhagen. Concerning his experiments in making models of ships in order to ascertain which kind is the swiftest; believes he has discovered a kind of boat, a few of which will insure the utter ruin of the British navy; the necessity of adopting his plan immediately; offers to come to Paris to consult with Franklin, and only asks that his expenses be paid. Has been cruely sacrificed to the enemies of America and has hitherto found little countenace from her friends. Trusts that the ruin of a certain family will perhaps afford him opportunities for obtaining justice. Begs for a letter to the Governor of Dominica where he owns an estate; desires to know it if is true that the French have abandoned Dominica, and if they would put it under the protection of Sweden.

General physical description: A.L.S. 7p.

LXXIV, 96. Bancroft, Edward, 1744-1821.
to William Temple Franklin
[1779 March 21-24]1 p.LXXIV, 96

Has received the enclosed letter (LXXIV, 97) from Mrs. Bousie respecting the passport. Has some knowledge of Mr. Audibert, Captain of the Port of Calais, and from his letter has no doubt of Mr. Sartine's having given the passport mentioned. (See also: LXXIV, 95 and 98).

LXX, 65a. Conway, Françoise-Antoinette-Jeanne Langlois du Bouchet, Comtesse de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 March 22]A.L.S. 1p.LXX, 65a

Her husband arrived home three days ago. He will go to Paris to see Franklin soon. (In French.)

XIII, 216. Conway, Thomas.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 22A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 216

The enclosed is from their mutual friend Mr. Richard Peters. The little tribulations he has met are of a private nature, and did not alter his principles or opinions concerning the important cause which he wished to preserve to the best of his ability.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 218.5. Lanneau de Marcy, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 22A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 218.5

Paris. Writes on behalf of his son, who desires to enter the American service; his military record, etc. (In French.)  A.E. by Franklin. Obliged to the young man for his good will and intentions, but cannot give him any encouragement, the armies being full.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 217. Leleu, Veuve, et Compagnie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 22L. in 3d P. 1p.XIII, 217

Enclosing a letter for Franklin from London. (In French.)

General physical description: L. in 3d P. 1p.

XIII, 218. Napier, James Lenox.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 22A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 218

Bayonne. Writes on behalf of the Americans now in prison at Bayonne, whose names are subscribed to this paper, and begs Franklin to intercede with the French Government on their behalf.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LXXI, 85b. Chaumont, Jacques-Donatien Leray de, 1725-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 Before March 23]A.N. 1p.LXXI, 85b

Recommending a hotel at Versailles where Franklin put up when going to Court. (In French.)

XXXIX, 87. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 23A.L.S. 4p.XXXIX, 87

The Hague. Chevalier G[rand] a false friend to America. The present moment not favorable to M. de N[eufville]'s project of raising a loan. Accepting with thanks the addition made to his salary. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XXXVIII, 18. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 23A.L.S. 3p.XXXVIII, 18

Nantes. Sent an express to Paimboeuf [on March 20] to request the gentlemen to return; only two paid the request the slightest attention; begs Franklin to send down an order naming other gentlemen.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XXXVIII, 19. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 23A.L.S. 3p.XXXVIII, 19

Nantes. Efforts of Mr. Wharton to get Franklin's letter to the Memorialists answered. Ignorance of M. Beaumarchais's affair; sure M. Peltier acted only under orders.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

VIII, 190. Adams, John, 1735-1826.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 24A.L.S. 2p.VIII, 190

Brest. His advice to Captain Landais was to apply to the Intendant of Marine for such materials and workmen as were needed to repair the ship; disposition to be made of the prisoners. Applies to Franklin for clothes on behalf of the midshipmen and other petty officers.

XLII, 104 (OS). Auzéville, Gerard d'.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 March 24]L.S. 4p.XLII, 104 (OS)

Begs Franklin to help him in carrying out his project of going to America and acquiring a small tract of land for cultivation. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 4p.

XIII, 220. Chardon, Daniel-Marc-Antoine, 1731-1805.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 24L.S. 1p.XIII, 220

Brest. Does not merit the flattering things Franklin is pleased to say, concerning his address to the Court; voices the opinion of the Nation when he expresses admiration for America and veneration for Franklin's genius. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 88. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 24A.L.S. 4p.XXXIX, 88

The Hague. Discusses Mr. Lee's statement that peace in Germany would give to England 20,000 mercenaries to use against America. Debates in the Holland Assembly. Account of a visit paid him by the Chevalier G[ran]d. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XIII, 221. Gellée, Nicolas-Maurice.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 24A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 221

Passy. Reminding Franklin of his promise to accept of his services as secretary; desires now a more particular agreement.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 219. Harmanson, John S..
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 24A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 219

Northampton County, Virginia. Introducing his neighbor, George Kendall, who goes to France, unprovided with letters to Paris. If any of Franklin's friends should have occasion for a correspondent situated as he is, will do all in his power to serve them.  [A line from George Kendall, on back of manuscript, regretting that the shortness of his stay will not allow him to visit Paris.]

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXVIII, 20. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 24A.L.S. 1p.XXXVIII, 20

Nantes. Introducting Mr. Samuel Bradford.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLIV, 30. Marat, Jean Paul, 1743-1793.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 25A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIV, 30

Is sorry to hear that Franklin is suffering from the gout. Hopes to receive him on Saturday at the residence of the Marquis de l'Aubespine. The Commissioners will be there at half past nine in the morning. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed: Revue Histoire de la Revolution Française et de L'Empire, vol. 3, 356. APS Film 587

XIII, 222. Werzerÿ, ------, Count.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 25A.L.S. 7p.XIII, 222

Florence. He and two of his friends, officers in the service of the King of Italy, desire to become citizens of America; encloses an account, in Italian, of the conditions under which they hope to be received in the Colonies; gives Franklin permission to change anything with the exception of the article concerning religion. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 7p.

XLIII, 138. Bancroft, Edward, 1744-1821.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 On or After March 25]L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIII, 138

Chaillot. Sending a passport.

LVII, 25. D'Acosta Frères et Cie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 26Mem. S. 4p.LVII, 25

Paris. Memoir on the subject of the contract for supplies to the State of Virginia and complaining of Mr. Arthur Lee's conduct in the matter. (In French.)

General physical description: Mem. S. 4p.

XLIV, 155. Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 March 26]A.L.S. 3pXLIV, 155

Was glad to learn that he was rid of the gout and had at last gone to Versailles, Thinks he will not object now to receive a deputation from the Academy. If weather continues fine can have the experiments tomorrow with the igneous fluid. M. de Maillebois will be there and wishes to see him. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p

XIII, 223. Raspe, Rudolf Erich, 1737-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 26A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 223

London. Introducing Messrs. Waiz d'Eshen, nephews of the minister of that name whom Franklin was acquainted with at Cassell, in Germany; their travels in Germany, Sweden, Norway and England, in order to acquire knowledge of whatever relates to mountains, mines and foundries.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 226. Bondfield, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 27A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 226

Bordeaux. Arrival of Captain Jones in quest of seamen and cannon; be expressed a great desire to have the cannon at present being cast by Franklin's order; news of a quantity of cannon for sale at Ferol.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LXI, 116. Bondfield, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 March 27]Mem. 1p.LXI, 116

List and particulars of cannon which could be purchased at Ferrol, Spain. (In French.)

XIII, 225. Conway, Françoise-Antoinette-Jeanne Langlois du Bouchet, Comtesse de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 27A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 225

Paris. Very much upset at being the innocent cause of the annoyance Franklin has experienced in the person of Mr. Mullens; on giving him the small bill of exchange she particularly told him that it was not from Congress but out of Franklin's own pocket; Mr. Mullen's subsequent conduct; has been sadly scolded by her husband. Promises to breakfast with Franklin very soon. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 224. Johnson, Joshua, 1742-1802.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 27A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 224

Nantes. Acknowledging his kindness in getting his furniture exempted from duties. Enclosing a letter from the Governor of Maryland with other papers authorizing him to procure sundry articles of clothing or a sum of money to purchase the same; applies to Franklin for help in this business.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LIX, 60. Vergeel, Anthonius Albertus.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 27A.L.S. 3p.LIX, 60

St. Petersburg. Wishes to become a citizen of the United States. Gives personal sketch.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XXXVIII, 21. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 27A.L.S. 2p.XXXVIII, 21

Nantes. Business with Messrs. Horneca, Fitzeau and Co. Returning the papers Franklin sent him, which show the great skill and ability of his calumniator.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXIX, 89. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 28A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 89

The Hague. The different votes in the Holland Assembly; believes they will come to no decision until forced to it by the effect of the regulations in France. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 227. Forstner, ------, Chevalier de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 28A.L.S. 4p.XIII, 227

Munich. His military experience; obliged to withdraw from the army on account of his health; devoted himself to inventing machinery of various kinds; has lately invented a new kind of ramrod for loading cannon; is willing to sell this valuable secret for a thousand louis. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XIII, 230. Gellée, Joseph, 1728-1802.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 28A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 230

Chalons. Congratulating him on his appointment as Minister; the most important point in the choice of an Ambassador is his popularity among the people to whom he is sent; the esteem in which Franklin is held by the French people would alone insure his success. Hopes his son will prove himself worthy of Franklin's confidence. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 229. Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 28A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 229

Brest. Landed the thirty-eight mutineers; is getting ready to sail for Nantes as fast as possible; has only had the most necessary repairs attended to; will await Franklin's orders at Nantes.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 228. Neÿdecker, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 28A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 228

Deuxponts. Desires to serve in the American army. (In French)  A.E. by Franklin. Thanking him for offer of services; army full, etc.; cannot give him any encouragement.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 231. David, -------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 29A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XIII, 231

Paris. Looks forward to paying his respects; is the bearer of a thousand compliments from M. Montaudouin, of Nantes.

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

XXXIX, 90. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 29A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 90

The Hague. Sides taken by the different towns in the question before the Assembly; the final proposition of the Stadtholder defeated; resolution taken to grant convoys to everything, not expressly declared contraband by the treaties. Attitude of the towns towards the army tax. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLIV, 32. Marat, Jean Paul, 1743-1793.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 29A.L.S. 2p.XLIV, 32

Had hoped that Franklin would attend the sittings of the Commissioners. The new experiments on electricity were planned to interest him. Trusts he will accept the invitation for to-morrow. Everything is in readiness for them. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed: Revue Histoire de la Revolution Française et de L'Empire, vol. 3, 357. APS Film 587

XIII, 232. Gérard, Marie-Nicole Grossart de Virly.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 30A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 232

Versailles. Reminding Franklin of his promise to take the necessary steps to redeem a snuff-box which she sent to M. [Conrad Alexandre] Gérard [de Rayneval]. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 233. Hartley, David.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 30A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 233

London. Has been much displeased over the delay in the exchange of prisoners; remonstrances he has made; note just received from the Admiralty announcing the sailing of the "Milford" cartel ship for France. Aware that Franklin and he are at one in their desire for peace.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Hale's Franklin in France, I, 214.

LXI, 26. Lee, William, 1739-1795.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 30A.L.S. 2p.LXI, 26

Paris. Repeats request for articles of war for the State of Virginia.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLIV, 130. Marat, Jean Paul, 1743-1793.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 30A.L.S. 1p.XLIV, 130

The Commissioners will hold a meeting on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Asks Franklin to say which day will be most convenient for him. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 235. Adams, John, 1735-1826.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 31A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 235

Brest. Efforts of M. [Bérube de] Costentin and Captain Landais to save expenses; difficulties on board the "Alliance"; everybody discontented except the captain; intercedes with Franklin to obtain a certain grant of clothing for the petty officers on board and a small sum of money for all the men; his reasons for making this request. Desires Franklin's orders that he may receive a passage on the ship and the necessary sea-stores. Lack of seamen on board the "Alliance"; chance of recruiting them when the American prisoners arrive in England; hopes all these men will not be given to Captain Jones.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIII, 234 (OS). Bannerman, Benjamin.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 31A.L.S. 1p.XIII, 234 (OS)

Roanne. Had the happiness of knowing Franklin seven years before in America; obliged to take passage for London to settle a small estate of his brother; captured on the way over and carried before the Judge of the Admiralty at Havre-de-Grace, who detained all his possessions and destroyed or lost bonds amounting to a considerable sum; has laid his case before M. de Sartine; hopes to see Franklin at paris; begs that the enclosed letter may be forwarded to Mr. Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIII, 2. Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 March 31]A.L.S. 3p.XIII, 2

Paris. Concerning an expedition of which he is to be given the command; hopes it may take place as it will plague their good friends, and perhaps get some money for America; with two such points in view, would go round the world; is awaiting Captain Jones with the greatest impatience.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

LXI, 27. Lee, William, 1739-1795.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March 31A.L.S. 1p.LXI, 27

List of articles wanted by the State of Virginia.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLIV, 31. Marat, Jean Paul, 1743-1793.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 March [31]A.L.S. 1p.XLIV, 31

An invitation to a meeting of the Committee at the Hotel of the Marquis de I'Aubespine. The new experiments on the electrical fluid have been postponed until he is present.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed: Revue Histoire de la Revolution Française et de L'Empire, vol. 3, 356. APS Film 587

LXI, 42 (OS). Froncy, Jean-Jacques.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 March]2 p.LXI, 42 (OS)

Brest. Asking him to procure his release from prison. (In French.)

XIV, 2. Brault, ------. Demezandré, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 1A.L.S. 4p.XIV, 2

Saint Malo. Ambition to establish a house in America; anxious to obtain a passage on board the "Alliance" together with the goods necessary to their establishment; only waiting for Franklin's permission. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XIV, 3. Mahuet, ----- Olivier, Baronne de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 1A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XIV, 3

Paris. Wishes to send a letter, by safe conveyance, to Salem, and would be delighted to hear some news of a relative of hers in America. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

XXXVIII, 22. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 1A.L.S. 1pXXXVIII, 22

Nantes. Report that the cartel, with the American prisoners on board, has arrived in the river. News from Paris of the French successes in the West Indies and the American successes in Georgia.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p

XIV, 1. Windship, Amos, 1745-1813.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 1L.S. 2p.XIV, 1

Brest. Concerning his expenses to and from Paris, by direction of P[ierre] Landais.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XIV, 7. D'Acosta Frères et Cie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April [2]A.L.S. 1p.XIV, 7

Paris. Concerning the arms furnished by them on Mr. Lee's order which he refused to receive. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIV, 5. Hartley, David.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 2A.L.S. 2p.XIV, 5

London. His continued hopes for peace and his willingness to devote his time and attention to that end. Fears that Europe may be plunged into a general war; America might think the assistance of France dearly bought at such a price.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIV, 6. Lee, William, 1739-1795.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 2A.L.S. 3p.XIV, 6

Paris. Complaint of D'Acosta and Co. that the arms, ordered for the State of Virginia by himself and his brother, were refused because they were not furnished at the time agreed upon; reasons for their action.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIV, 4. Salucci, Antonio Francesco, et fils.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 2A.L.S. 2p.XIV, 4

Leghorn. Desire the earliest news of the expedition they sent to America. Enclose important letter to be sent to America in Franklin's next packet.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIV, 8. Boyd, Lawrence.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 3L.S. 2p.XIV, 8

Brest Road. Concerning five English prisoners on board the "Patience" brig, who hearing of the cartel for the Americans being settled, have applied to him for a passage to England; begs Franklin to take their case into consideration and grant their discharge.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XXXIX, 91. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 3A.L.S. 3p.XXXIX, 91

The Hague. Understands that Sir J[oseph] Y[orke] has presented a memoir from the English Court, declaring that, in spite of the convoys, England will seize all vessels laden with timber. Thinks M. de N[eufvile] will succeed in his project if given the requisite time; the considerable loan raised by the Empress likely to retard the affair. His opinion of Mr.[William] Lee's presence in Teschen. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XLV, 204d. Vernon, William, 1719-1806.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 3A.L.S. 3p.XLV, 204d

Boston. Duplicate of XLV, 204c. Incloses a letter from Governor Greene; visited his seat at Warwick where he had the pleasure of seeing Mrs. Mecom.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

LXXI, 31. La Rochefoucauld-d'Enville, Louis-Alexandre, Duc de, 1743-1792, Secretaire de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779] April 4N. in 3d P. 1p.LXXI, 31

Requesting the address of Chevalier de Varaigne. (In French.)

XIV, 10. Longwell, James.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 4A.L.S. 2p.XIV, 10

Calais Prison. Begs Franklin to procure the release of himself and two other Americans in prison, at Calais; details his misfortunes since leaving America.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIV, 9. Tardy, Louis.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 4L. in 3d P. 1p.XIV, 9

Paris. Desires the address in town of the purser of the ship "Alliance."

General physical description: L. in 3d P. 1p.

XXXVIII, 23. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 4A.L.S. 1p.XXXVIII, 23

Nantes. Introducing Mr. Wilkinson, the ingenious director and projector of a very fine foundry on the Loire; Dr. Priestley's wife is a sister of Mr. Wilkinson.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLIV, 33. Philantropos.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 5A.L.S. 3p.XLIV, 33

St. Omer. Fears that France may be compelled to withdraw from her alliance with America because of the advantages England has gained over her, and then England's great armaments would be wholly directed against America and greatly distress her. Outlines a general plan of war which should be adopted by France, in case Spain joins her against Great Britain; what France should do if Spain does not join her. Signed: "Philantropos."

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIV, 12. Richardson, Mary.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 5L.S. 2p.XIV, 12

Plymouth. Is the sixteen-year-old daughter of Anthony Richardson, merchant, who was drowned or murdered in New York. Came over to England with her blind mother who wishes to consult a famous oculist; their vessel shipwrecked and all their belongings lost. Anxious to return to America and begs Franklin's assistance.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XIV, 15. Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 6A.L.S. 3p.XIV, 15

Brest. Would rather have all Americans in his crew than a part French, as that mixture always causes trouble. Has landed all the mutineers. Concering the arrival of the cartel vessel at Nantes with ninety-seven Americans; his orders to take with him, for exchange, ninety-three prisoners out of the guard-ship; danger of carrying so many, even in irons. Asks Franklin's advice in the case of a deserter from his ship, who has enlisted in Colonel Dillon's regiment and is at present on board a man-of-war, where they refuse to give him up.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIV, 13. Wanklyn, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 6A.L.S. 2p.XIV, 13

Paris. Is a dissenting minister, a native of America; persecution he underwent in England for defending the American cause from the pulpit; his imprisonment on board an English frigate and his subsequent escape; his arrival in Paris in a destitute condition. Desires Franklin's assistance to enable him to go to America, where he wishes to serve his country either in the pulpit or army.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIV, 14. Wilkin, David.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 6A.L.S. 1p.XIV, 14

La Rochelle. Desires to be released from his imprisonment and enabled to return to Philadelphia where he has a wife and family; Thomas Campbell, also a Philadelphian, desires his freedom.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIV, 17. Longwell, James.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 7A.L.S. 1p.XIV, 17

Calais Prison. Has received no answer to his former letters; repeats all he said in XIV, 10.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIV, 16. Potter, Thomas.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 7A.L.S. 2p.XIV, 16

Havre-de-Grace. Applies as an American for his release from prison, that he may be enabled once more to serve his country.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXVIII, 24. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 7A.L.S. 4p.XXXVIII, 24

Nantes. Arrival in the Flagg of ninety-five American prisoners, twelve of whom are officers; proposals made them by the agent; given only 20 sols per day for board; begs for better treatment for the officers; if a subscription is opened for the subsistence of prisoners, will give 20 louis; enclosing a list of men who have engaged in the British service and a list of those who remain in prison; hopes Franklin will not be offended at his taking the part of the prisoners.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

LXXI, 94. Wharton, Samuel, 1732-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 On or After April 7]N. in 3d P. 1p.LXXI, 94

Sends a newspaper and a correct list of all the regular troops in Ireland.

XIV, 18. Amelot de Chaillou, Antoine-Jean, 1732-1795.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 8A.L.S. 1p.XIV, 18

Versailles. Has just heard the Franklin expects to read a paper at the Academy of Sciences on the 14th inst. ; expects the other members, who have papers for that meeting, to dine with him on the 12th and read their memoirs in presence of the officers of the Academy; begs the honor of Franklin's company. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIV, 19. Auzéville, Gerard d'.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 9A.L.S. 1p.XIV, 19

Desires to buy a few acres in America and devote himself to agriculture; applies to Franklin for the advance of a sufficient sum to do this. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIV, 23. Barbeu Du Bourg, M. (Jacques), 1709-1779.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 9A.L.S. 3P.XIV, 23

Paris. Recalls to Franklin's memory, the experiments in physics and chemistry performed by M. Brongniart; desires to procure for him the place of demonstrator of chemistry at the Jardin du Roy, vacant by the death of M. [Hilaire Marin] Rouelle; desires Franklin's influence with M. de Buffon, in whose power lies the choice. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3P.

XIV, 20. Boule, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 9A.L.S. 4p.XIV, 20

Passy. His persent state of destitution; is almost driven insane; begs for assistance. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XIV, 22. Ingenhousz, Jan, 1730-1799.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 9A.L.S. 1p.XIV, 22

London. Will bring or send Franklin the copper pot for roasting chickens in, which he bought at Sheffield. Dr. Priestley's new volume on air will contain a letter written by himself on the method of producing, at pleasure, any quantity of inflammable air. Good time to send a ship to discover the North Pole; thinks it probable, owing to the mildness of the weather during the preceding year, that the seas will be free from ice.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIV, 21. Vaughan, Benjamin, 1751-1835.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 9A.L. 4p.XIV, 21

London. Concerning the edition of Franklin's writings; the liberties he has allowed himself as editor; his reasons for making certain alterations. Heard from Mr. Galloway that "the rebels" had destroyed some of his and of Franklin's papers; awaits further details. Has taken up Franklin's paper on the Vis inertia to comment upon it.

General physical description: A.L. 4p.

XIV, 26. Gover, Robert.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 10A.L.S. 2p.XIV, 26

Saint Valery-sur-Somme. Is a native of Baltimore, Maryland; was shipwrecked on the coast of France, and made prisoner; desires to enter the service of Congress.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIV, 25. Lloyd, Richard Bennett.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 10A.L.S. 3p.XIV, 25

London. Desires advice on the wisdom of embarking for New York with his wife and children, and then passing to his estate in Maryland.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIV, 24. Pollock, Oliver, 1737-1823.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 10A.L.S. 3p.XIV, 24

New Orleans. Concerning various bills of exchange which he has drawn for the use of the United States to execute the orders he received from Congress, and which he hopes will be duly honored by Franklin. (Copy.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIV, 27. Taylor, Jesse.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 10A.L.S. 2p.XIV, 27

Belfast. A considerable number are resolved on the expedition, mentioned in his last of November 21st, including besides himself and family, various genlemen of consideration; their influence, when settled in America, will induce hundreds of their countrymen to follow, who will be glad to leave a kingdom in which they labor under insult and oppression. Eager for Franklin to procure and forward the security so anxioulsy solicited; extreme secrecy to be observed prevents their sending the required descriptive list.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LIX, 7. Wagner, Philippe.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 10A.L.S. 2p.LIX, 7

Rotterdam. Is impecunious and in a strange country. Asks money to go to America, there being an American ship in port. Promises to refund loan on arrival in America.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: (See LIX, 3.)

XIV, 28. Hutton, James, 1715-1795.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 11A.L.S. 1p.XIV, 28

Sends for that promised protection for the Good Intent, Captain Francis Mugford commanding, which goes to and from Labrador to the Moravian Mission Settlements for the conversion of the heathen.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XIV, 29. Kéralio, Agathon Guynement, Chevalier de, 1723-1788.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 12 XIV, 29

A l'Ecole Royale, Paris. Madame la Comtesse de Forbach sends the enclosed letter to Franklin and begs him to read the memoir in favor of M. le Baron de Ried, and send a short reply that she may prove her commission accomplished. (In French.)

XLIV, 34. Marat, Jean Paul, 1743-1793.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 12A.L.S. 2p.XLIV, 34

Requesting Dr. Franklin's presence at the meeting of the Committee and that he give his opinion of certain discoveries which would influence public opinion, and his sanction would silence a hostile cabal.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, VII, 286); Revue Histoire de la Revolution Française et de L'Empire, vol. 3, 358. APS Film 587

XIV, 31. Adams, John, 1735-1826.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 13A.L.S. 3p.XIV, 31

Nantes. Glad that he approves of clothing the petty officers and will do his best to justify the confidence placed in him. The lack of obedience and discipline on board must cause delays of all kinds. Much pleased at Franklin's flattering reception at Court; hopes that Spain, as well as France, will soon declare in favor of the same generous cause. England's fondness for war, and obstinacy in carrying it on. Master Johnny acts as interpreter, companion, secretary and domestic to his papa.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XIV, 32. Adams, John, 1735-1826.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 13A.L.S. 2p.XIV, 32

Nantes. The reason for the discontent on board seems to be the depreciation of paper pay and the nationality of the captain (Landais). Has promised the officers and men as much money as, with their clothes, will make two months' pay: without this indulgence, in convinced the ship would never get to sea.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LXII, 28. Dagord, Vincent.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 13Mem. in 3d P. 1p.LXII, 28

Brest. Request to be released from prison to enter the service of America. In French. In triplicate (see also: LXII, 27 and 29).

XIV, 30 (OS). Sayre, Stephen, 1736-1818.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 13A.L.S. 4p.XIV, 30 (OS)

Copenhagen. Has been ill many days. Had an audience with the King of Sweden, à propos of the advisability of Sweden getting possession of Porto Rico or some island in the West Indies, for purposes of trade, etc.; is everywhere taken to be in the employ of Congress; has neither abused the character nor assumed it. Desires letters to the Governor of Dominica whither he expects to go to secure an estate he owns there. Begs Franklin to mention him once more to Congress.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XXXVIII, 25. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 April 13A.L.S. 2p.XXXVIII, 25