Benjamin Franklin Papers Part 6 -- Letters to Franklin

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Date: 1781-1782 | Size: 1 section, 1,288 items

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Letters to Benjamin Franklin
1781-17821288 item(s)
XLIII, 4. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 1A.L. 1p.XLIII, 4

Wishes for the New Year. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Putnam's Monthly, October, 1906, 35.

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XXXIX, 201. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 1A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 201

Amsterdam. England's manifesto of December 20th, declaring war on Holland. The English church at The Hague burnt; motives unknown. His approaching departure for The Hague with Messrs. Adams and Searle. (In French.)

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

XXI, 2.5 (OS). Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 1L.S. 2p.XXI, 2.5 (OS)

Philadelphia. Instructions for procuring a further loan in France. Mission of Col. [John] Laurens.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VIII, 526; Blgelow, VII, 183).

XXI, 1. Mante, Thomas.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 1A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 1

Sceaux. Desires to serve America; in a continual state of want; applies to Franklin for aid.

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

XXI, 2. Marcorelle, Jean-François de, Baron d'Escale.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 1A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 2

Narbonne. Publishes a semi-weekly political and scientific periodical; sends the last number with an account of Franklin. (In French.)

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

XXI, 1.5. Poellnitz, Frederick Carl Hans Bruno, Baron von, 1734-1801.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 1A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 1.5

Bordeaux. New Year congratulations.

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

XXI, 3. Bondfield, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 2A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 3

Bordeaux. Announcing the arrival of a vessel from Annapolis; news of the landing made by the English at Hampton and their precipitare retreat owing to a body of French troops having landed at Georgetown, South Carolina; Lord Cornwallis confined to a small circuit around Charlestown.

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

LIV, 95. United States. Board of Admiralty.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 2A.L.S. 3p.LIV, 95

Philadelphia. Requests information in regard to a late expedition commanded by John Paul Jones, in which the frigate Alliance took part; especially as to the ownership of the other ships, any previous agreement as to the distribution of proceeds from prizes, the amount of proceeds, the benefits received by the United states, the dispute between John Paul Jones and Captain Landais, and as to the Alliance since her arrival in French waters. Signed: Fra[nci]s Lewis, in behalf of the Board.

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

XXI, 5. John de Neufville and Son (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 3A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 5

Amsterdam. Concerning the business so admirably adjusted by the Hon. Thomas Barclay, Consul-General in France for America. States several instances proving the Dutch Republic's good will toward America.

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

XVII, 9. Jonathan Nesbitt and Company.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] January 3A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 9

L'Orient. Colonel [Patrick] Ferguson's defeat has frustrated, in a great measure, the enemy's designs against Virginia, but it is feared they will winter in Portsmouth.

XXI, 6. Barbé-Marbois, François, Marquis de, 1745-1837.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 4A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 6

Philadelphia. Exertions of Mrs. Bache in procuring supplies of clothing for the American soldiers; Rivington's efforts to turn her zeal into ridicule. (In French.)

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VIII, 527; Bigelow, VII, 188).

XXI, 9. Auzoüer, ----- Carroll, Marquise d'.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 5A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 9

Chataudoin. His wife most eager for news of her cousin, Charles Carroll, from whom she has not heard for nine years. (In French.)

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

XXI, 8. Bordot, François.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 5A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 8

Rochelle. Seeks the position of American agent at Rochelle; movements of the Cadiz fleet. (In French.)

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

XXI, 7. Fleury et Demadières.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 5A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 7

Orleans. Delighted that the wine arrived in good condition; have just shipped a cask of the old wine of St. Denis, according to orders. (In French.)

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

LIV, 96. United States. Continental Congress.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 5D.S. 1p.LIV, 96

Resolution that bills of exchange amounting to £12,000 be drawn on the American Minister at Versailles for the purchase of clothing for the Jersey line. Signed: Charles Thomson, Sec[retar]y, and attested.

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

XXI, 10. Poulain de Centré, Henri-Louis Florimont.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 6A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 10

Near Angers. Wishes a position as Lieurenant or Captain in a Boston regiment. (In French.) A.E. by Franklin. It is impossible. (In French.)

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

LIV, 97. United States. Continental Congress. Board of Treasury.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 6D.S. 2p.LIV, 97

Philadelphia. Order carrying out the preceding Resolutions of Congress. Signed: John L. Clarkson, Sec[retar]y, pro tem.

General physical description: D.S. 2p.

XXI, 11. Newenham, Edward.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 8A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 11

Lausanne. Enclosing an account of a volunteer review in Ireland, which his father asked him to forward.

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

XXI, 13. Hamson, Stephen. Willson, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 9L.S. 1p.XXI, 13

Abbeville Prison. Have been prisoners since October, 1780; penniless and almost naked; entreat Franklin to procure them their liberty.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXI, 14. Hodgson, William, 1725-1784.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 9A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 14

London. Acknowledging £150 to be applied to the relief of the American prisoners; the weekly allowance suggested by Franklin will amount to £150 per month, as there are five hundred prisoners; if this sum can be furnished regularly, well and good; but until he has orders to that effect, he will feel justified in distrubuting less.

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

XXI, 12. Zreny, Janus, Baron.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 9A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 12

Kaschau, Hungary. At the slightest word of encouragement, will resign his position, say farwell to his friends and present himself at Passy. (In French.)

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

XXI, 16. All, Isaac, d. 1789.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 10A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 16

L'Orient. Leaves for Philadelphia in a few days; hopes to be entrusted with a letter for Dr. Franklin's family.

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

XXI, 15.5. Bertrand, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 10L.S. 1p.XXI, 15.5

Paris. Transcribing his letter of September 29, 1780; attributes receiving no reply to Franklin's illness. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXI, 17. Court de Gébelin, Antoine, 1725-1784.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 10A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 17

Paris. Introducing M. La Renaudière, who, hearing that a printer is wanted in the United States capable of training apprentices, would like the position. (In French.)

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

XXI, 15. Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 10A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 15

Leyden. Wrote a few weeks ago enclosing letters from Dr. Fothergill; little thought that he would so soon have to announce his death, which took place on the 26th of December; his director, guide and friend.

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

XXI, 18. Bowdoin, James, 1726-1790.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 11A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 18

Boston. Wrote some months before by Mr. Guild, who probably spoke of a bill then pending in the Assembly for incorporating a philosophical society; it is now formed under the name of the Amercian Academy of Arts and Sciences; at the last meeting several distinguished gentlemen were put in nomination, among them the Amercian Ambassador to the Court of France; forwards a specimen of Society's first fruit.

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

XXI, 19. Der Kenne, Louis.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 12A.L.S. 1 p.XXI, 19

Liege. Offering two hundred and thirty muskets at a reasonable price. (In French.) A.E. by Franklin. Has no need of them. (In French.)

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

XXXIX, 202. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 12A.L.S. 2 p.XXXIX, 202

The Hague. Russia strongly for Holland and against Great Britain. Letters of marque against England being generally distributed to privateers and armed vessels. (In French.)

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

XXI, 20. Newenham, Edward, Sir, 1732-1814.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 12A.L.S. 2 p.XXI, 20

Dublin. The citizens of Dublin, touched by the present situation in the West Indies, desire to send provisions and clothing; desire a passport and protection for their vessel, as well as Franklin's interest in obtaining the same from the Court of France and the Spanish Ambassador at Paris.

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

XXI, 21. Deane, Silas, 1737-1789.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 13D.S. 1p.XXI, 21

Paris. Certifying that he has not disposed of any of the within mentioned certificates and that he has deposited the power of attorney sent him by Mr. Shee with Dr. Franklin. (Copy.)

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

XXI, 22. Durand, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 15A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 22

Concerning a note forwarded to him by a book seller in Turin. (In French.)

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

XXI, 23. Fletcher, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 15A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 23

Ostend. Introducing Mr. Charles Hill of Bristol, who has helped many Americans in England; he is going to Bilbao on business, and being English born, he will need a passport from the Spanish Ambassador; begs Franklin's interest in obtaining this favor; such services instrumental in encouraging a humane attitude towards American prisoners in England.

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

XLIV, 270. Grosley, Pierre Jean, 1718-1785.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] January 15A.L. in 3d P. 2p.XLIV, 270

Has not forgotten the pleasure he had of seeing Franklin in London at Sir John Pringle's. Desires to see him now about a matter connected with the Royal Society of London. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 2p.

XLII, 60. Lafargue, Madame.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 January 15]L. 1p.XLII, 60

Was employed as a cook by Franklin, presents a claim for a sum of money due to her. (In French.)

General physical description: L. 1p.

LXIII, 1. Lafargue, Madame.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 15Mem. 1p.LXIII, 1

Passy. Account for wages, etc., as cook for Dr. Franklin. (In French.)

General physical description: Mem. 1p.

XXI, 24. Aubin de St. Lambert, G..
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 16A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 24

Hopes for a private audience with Franklin; his former position as Commander of the Royal Frigates. (In French.)

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

XXI, 25. Duchemin, Daniel.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 17A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 25

Amiens. Grateful for the position offered him, but cannot leave his wife and daughter; if circumstances should alter, relies on the continuance of Franklin's favor. (In French.)

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

XXI, 26. Franquelin, -----.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 19A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 26

Hesdin. Asks Franklin's interest to procure him the position of agent on one of the King's farms. (In French.)

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

XVII, 47. Chaumont, Jacques-Donatien Leray de, 1725-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] January 21A.L.S. 1p.; 1p.XVII, 47

Versailles. In receipt of news from America; his interest in his own country and in Franklin's should be a close bond of union between them. (In French.) Agreement attached relative to the vessel, the "Marquis de la Fayette." (In French.)

XXI, 27. Rabiqueau, Ch. (Charles).
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 21A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 27

Sending a prospectus of interest to a lover of the arts and sciences. (In French.)

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

XXI, 29. Grandclos, B. de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 22A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 29

St. Prix. Desires directions for converting smoke into flame; understands that Franklin, when he invented his stove, employed a certain method to this end; has failed to find an account of it among his works. (In French.)

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

XXI, 28. John de Neufville and Son (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 22A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 28

Amsterdam. Announcing that the Dutch states have joined the armed neutrality which was signed at the Court of Prussia; force and spirit shown by the Dutch in regard to English demands.

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

XXI, 30. Laboureau, F. Franklin.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 22A.L.S. 6p.XXI, 30

Paris. Grateful for Franklin's kindness. Has lost everything through the failure of the firm; begs Franklin to procure employment for her husband. (In French.)

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

XL, 91. Morellet, André, 1727-1819.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 January 22]A.L.S. 2p.XL, 91

Three months since he has had the pleasure of seeing Frankin or the Lady of Auteuil [Mme. Helvétius]; would like to be with them all the time. (In French.)

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

XVII, 49. Robeson, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 22A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 49

Nantes. Promised, by Mr. Williams, a passage to America on board the Marquis de Lafayette; unable to wait longer for the departure of this vessel; asks for a passage on one of the French frigates shortly to sail from Brest to Rhode Island; will be glad to carry any despatches and would be obliged for an introduction to Congress.

XXI, 31. Aubenton, ------ d'.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 23A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 31

Paris. Forwards a memoir concerning certain people in the King's service; begs Franklin to procure him information on this subject. (In French.)

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

XLI, 29. Cherisey, Louise-Madeleine de Cacqueray, Comtesse de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 January 23]L. in 3d P. 2p.XLI, 29

Asking for information concerning a cargo of brown sugar consigned to a merchant in Philadelphia; informed of its safe arrival in June 1780. (In French.)

XXI, 32. Conkling, Joseph.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 23A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 32

La Rochelle. His brig the Whim ready to receive her cargo; fears that the proceeds from the sale of his tobacco will be insufficient to load the brig; begs Franklin's influence with the Secretary of State to allow him to carry freight from the King's stores to M. de Ternay's fleet at Rhode Island. Any despatches may be safely confided to his care.

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

XXXIX, 203. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 23A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 203

The Hague. Progress of negotiations between Russia and Holland; England's vain efforts to keep Holland out of the Alliance. Desires confirmation of certain cheering news from America. (In French.)

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

XLI, 174. Searle, James, 1730-1797.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 23L. in 3d P. 1p.XLI, 174

Paris. Announcing his arrival in Paris.

XLI, 1. Dashkova, E. R., Princess (Ekaterina Romanovna), 1743-1810.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 January 24]L. in 3d P. 1p.XLI, 1

Paris. Enclosing a letter addressed to Franklin which her daughter received from England; reason why the seal was broken; desirous of making his acquaintance.

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

LIV, 99. Gibson, John, 1729-1782.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 24A.L.S. 2p.LIV, 99

Board of Treasury, Philadelphia. Warning as to a number of lost sets of bills of exchange.

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

XXXIX, 204. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 25A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 204

The Hague. Efforts made by Sir [James] Harris, the English Ambassador at St. Petersburg, to keep Holland out of an alliance with Russia; attitude of the Empress.

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

XLI, 143. Poivre, Francoise Robin de Livet, 1748-1841.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] January 252 p.XLI, 143

Desiring Franklin's advice as to her brother's choice of a career. (In French.)

XXI, 82. Jacques Bergeron and Company.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 26A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 82

The Hague. If it can be arranged without prejudice to the United States, would like [John] Paul Jones to take command for serveral months of a Dutch fleet, sent by the citizens and patrons of the outraged republic of Holland against Great Britain. (In French.)

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

XLI, 188. Searle, James, 1730-1797.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 26A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XLI, 188

Paris. Acknowledging his invitation for dinner on Sunday; prefers to come on a day when he can see him alone.

XLI, 173. Sage, Balthazar Geoges, 1740-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 Before January 27]A.L.S. 1p.XLI, 173

Hoped to present to Franklin, in person, his book entitled L'Art d'Essayer l'or et l'Argennt; instead has the honor of sending it by M. François Steinsky, Professor of Physics at Prague. (In French.)

XXI, 36. Dana, Francis, 1743-1811.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 27L. in 3d P. 1p.XXI, 36

Paris. Accepting invitation to dinner.

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

XXI, 34. Deane, Silas, 1737-1789.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 27A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 34

Antwerp. Situation of Antwerp admirable for commerce, though that as well as politics appears to have been banished.

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

XXI, 33. Genet, Edme Jacques, 1726-1781.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 27A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 33

Paris. Request from Captain [William] Robeson for a passage to America on board one of the King's ships. (In French.)

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

XXI, 35. Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent, 1743-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 27A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 35

Has just heard that the shipment of saltpetre from St. Malo to L'Orient has terminated successfully; offers his congratulations. Has sustained a heavy below in the loss of an aunt who had been a second mother to him. (In French.)

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

XXI, 38. Daubert, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 29A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 38

Caen. Enclosing a sonnet (1 p.) of which Franklin is the subject; written in honor of the Immaculate Conception; it won the first prize at the University of Caen. (In French.)

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

XXI, 37. Searle, James, 1730-1797.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 29L. in 3d P. 1p.XXI, 37

Paris. Unable to accept his invitation to dinner as he is engaged to M. de Beaumarchais.

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

XLI, 12. Dashkova, E. R., Princess (Ekaterina Romanovna), 1743-1810.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] January 30L. in 3d P. 1p.XLI, 12

Paris. Acknowledging Franklin's kind note and appointing a day when she will be happy to see him.

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

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XXXIX, 205. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 30A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 205

The Hague. Holland's manifesto not yet published; fears the consequence of so much delay. Holland likely to ask of France aid for her forces in the East Indies. (In French.)

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

Mss.B.F85.di. American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 31 LH-MV-C-8

Boston. Certificate of membership.

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XXI, 40. Gourlade and Moylan.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 31A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 40

L'Orient. Have paid the desired amount to Captain Nicholas Broughton of Marblehead. The ship "Marquis de la Fayette" not yet appeared.

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

XXI, 39. Lenoir, Jean-Charles-Pierre, 1732-1807.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 January 31A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 39

Paris. Enclosing the desired permission, that the books held at the customhouse may be delivered to Franklin's address without further delay. (In French.)

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

XLIV, 255. Cambray, Mademoiselle de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 January]A.L. in 3d P. 2p.XLIV, 255

Ask Franklin's intervention in favor of Chevalier de Cambray, Lieutenant-Colonel of artillery, who was taken prisoner at Charleston. Recall his distinguished services in America for which he received a special medal. Is now without funds, although a large amount of pay is due him. Went to America under the auspices of Franklin. Was recommended by Mmes. de Boulainvilliers and [De] Tonnerre.

XXI, 42. Chastellux, François Jean, Marquis de, 1734-1788.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 1A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 42

Newport. Praises Mr. Laurens in the highest terms. Franklin's letters of introduction procured him the kindest welcome in Philadelphia, from Mr. Reed and the Academical Society. (In French.)

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

XXI, 43. Cooper, Samuel, 1725-1783.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 1A.L.S. 5p.XXI, 43

Boston. For news of the state of affairs, refers him to Colonel [John] Laurens an officer in the army and son of former President Laurens, now a prisoner in the Tower of London; Colonel Laurens's mission probably connected with the great need of money. Greater degree of unanimity in the settlement of the new Constitution. Has long expected the arrival of Captain Jones in the "Ariel"; doubts not he will clear himself of all charges against him; Landais's trial and the testimony of the officers and passengers. Franklin elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The bearer of the present letter is his son-in-law, Colonel Johonnot, late of the U.S. army, who goes to France to see his son; will appreciate any kindness shown them. Encloses a memoir, of which he is the author, concerning the great service rendered the American cause by Count d'Estaing; wishes it printed and published at his expense; encloses copies of his sermon delivered at the inauguration of their new Commonwealth.

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

XXI, 44. Cottier, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 1A. L. S. 3 p.XXI, 44

Doullens. Saw in the Pennsylvania Gazette of Oct. 30th, some mention of the Chevalier du Buisson; his only surviving daughter is very anxious for news of her father, who went to America in 1757 and of whom nothing has been heard since. (In French.)

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

XLIV, 190. Golowkin, Wilhelmina von Mosheim, Comtesse de, 1743-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 February 1]A.L. 1p.XLIV, 190

Expects to see Franklin on Sunday. Will, however, call before then and let him know the contents of letters reveived by her. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

XXI, 45. Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 1A. L. S. 4 p.XXI, 45

New Windsor. Fears that party feeling will long delay the choice of a Secretary for Franklin's Embassy. Mission of Col. Laurens; approves his selection by Congress. Has sent, from time to time, authentic and accurate accounts of their successes, but dared not give a confidential account of their extreme need of money, arms,clothing, and ammunition. French force of great service in counteracting the enemy's plans. Col. Laurens can furnish all particulars of a public and private character. His own situation in America is the happiest he can ever hope to obtain. Not surprised to discover that Franklin has enemies, but the people at large revere his name. Does not know whether their little book has yet made its appearance; enemy's hellish trade will furnish him with further material, which he will forward.

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

XXI, 46. Newenham, Thomas, 1762-1831.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 1A. L. S. 1 p.XXI, 46

Brussels. The books which the bearer will deliver, were given him by his uncle, Sir Edward Newenham; has also a letter from his uncle which he will deliver in person.

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

XXXVIII, 76. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 1A.L.S. 2p.XXXVIII, 76

Nantes. Since his last a ship loaded with sugar and cotton from Port au Prince (but belonging to Boston) arrived at l'Orient to his address. Each post informs him that the ship ["Marquis de la Fayette"] is ready but she is, notwithstanding, still at Bordeaux. If he had not made the bargain for her he could now ship the goods in American bottoms as there are two or three ships at l'Orient. Has sent M. de Chaumont his account current by this day's post. If Dr. Franklin takes this clothing he will repay Mr. de Chaumont by him.

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

LXXII, 61. Chalut, Abbé -----.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] February 21 p.LXXII, 61

Inviting Franklin and his son to dinner tomorrow, Saturday, in Paris at the Place Vendome. In French.

XXI, 47. Cooper, Samuel, 1725-1783.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 2A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 47

Boston. Introducing [Louis Dominique Ethis] de Corney, a member of several literary societies in Europe, who came to America with Marquis de la Fayette on public business.

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

XLIV, 186. Golowkin, Wilhelmina von Mosheim, Comtesse de, 1743-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 February 2]A.L. 1p.XLIV, 186

Asking him to loan her a French-English dictionary. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

XLIV, 192. Golowkin, Wilhelmina von Mosheim, Comtesse de, 1743-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 February 2]A.L. 3 p.XLIV, 192

Thanks him for sending her news about her friend. Would like to see Franklin soon and dine with him. Would have written to him in English but is not yet sufficiently proficient. Mme. De Tonnerre is in a serious condition, her life is despaired of. Returns the German papers. Will send tickets for theatre soon to Franklin's grandson. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 3 p.

XXI, 48. Coffyn, Francis.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 3A.L.S. 1 p.XXI, 48

Dunkirk. The bearer is Mr. Thomas Wynne, who escaped with his young brother from an English prison; their hope of sailing to America from one of the French seaports; has lent them a little money; leaves the rest to Franklin's known kindness. (In French.)

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

XXXIX, 206. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 5A.L.S. 3 p.XXXIX, 206

The Hague. Sending enclosure for Congress. Talk of a general peace through the interventions of Russia; report that England has proposed a nine years' truce to France. Delighted to see Mr. Silas Deane. Account of his conversation with Mr. Searle and the French Ambassador. Conference between the Ambassador and M. G[illo]n; the latter's belief that he will soon be able to see sail from the Texel. Desiring to know if there is any Minister in Europe with sufficient power from Congress to enter into negotiations with Russia. (In French.)

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

XXI, 49. Gourlade and Moylan.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 5A.L.S. 1 p.XXI, 49

L'Orient. The arms damaged on board the "Ariel" and left for repair are nearly ready for shipping; desires to know if they are to go on board the "Marquis de la Fayette."

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

XXI, 50. Jourdan, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 5A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 50

Troyes. Has several talents which he thinks will prove advantageous to the Colony of Boston. (In French.)

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

XXI, 51. Ingenhousz, Jan, 1730-1799.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 7A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 51

Vienna. Wrote some weeks before of experiments done according to Franklin's directions, with wires of various metals. Repeats his inquires concerning an important letter from Mr. Wharton, which he never received. Vexed at the ungenerous behaviour of the English towards his country; hopes the northern powers will no longer brook the pride and arrogance of that nation. Begs for news of America and suggests a way of forwarding newspapers. Has observed a blunder in all the translations of his "Theory of the Electrophorus," which affects the sense; will publish a new translation, with improvements.

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

XLIII, 15. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] February 8A.L.S. 1p.XLIII, 15

Sends him a foolish thing written for him; will be very angry if he tells anyone that she writes verse. (In French.)

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

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

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LI, 10. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 February 8]4 p.LI, 10

Poem on the four seasons: Glycère (spring), Celimène (summer), Erigonne (autumn), and Cloris (winter). An allegorical tale in verse. (In French.)

XXI, 53. Jepson, Benjamin.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 8A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 53

Boston. Asking that payment be stopped on certain bills.

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

XXI, 52. Lescase, ------ de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 8L in 3d P. 3p.XXI, 52

Mont Flanquin. Desires to serve in the United States on condition that he reveive the command of infantry or cavalry troops. (In French.)

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

XXI, 54. Neufville, Leendert de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 8 XXI, 54

Amsterdam. The disagreeable situation of Mr. Digges; caused by Mr. Trumbull's mentioning his name in his trial. Mr. [Winslow] Warren and Mr. Brailsford both taken up; reasons why they were suspected. Mr.[John] Temple's cautious behavior saved him.

XXI, 55. Willard, Joseph, 1738-1804.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 9A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 55

Beverly. Announcing Franklin's election as a member of the Amercian Society of Arts and Sciences in January, 1781; encloses a catalogue of the present officers, the act of incorporation and the President's oration. Desires to known what publications of merit have appeared in France during the last five or six years, especially in Natural Philosophy, Mathematics and Astronomy.

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

XXXVIII, 77. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 9A.L.S. 1p.XXXVIII, 77

Nantes. Introducing Mr. [John] S[c]haffer, recommended to him by Mr. Morris of Philadelphia.

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

XLI, 34. Chaumont, Jacques-Donatien Leray de, 1725-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 After February 9]L. in 3d P. 1p.XLI, 34

Begging Franklin to write at once to the Count de Vergennes, requesting an escort for the vessel, the "Marquis de la Fayette." (In French.)

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

XXI, 56. Girard, -------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 10A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 56

Rennes. In August , 1777, rented a carriage to a Mr. Vincent, an American, which was the last he ever saw of it; asks that the value of the vehicle be given him. (In French.) [A. E. by Franklin.] Advises him to write to the French Consul at New York, with a power of attorney, authorizing him to recover the property.

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

XXI, 57. Grand, Rodolphe-Ferdinand, 1726-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 10L.S. 1p.XXI, 57

Paris. Enclosing a bill of the Loan Office for acceptance; reasons why a bill is often refused. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXI, 58. Buyck, Pieter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 11L.S. 1p.XXI, 58

Gand. Enclosing a letter from Mr. Thomas White, whose funds are in Franklin's hands; desires to know for what amount he may draw. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXI, 59. Foucault, Elise.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 11A.D.S. 1p.XXI, 59

Passy. Receipted bill for carriage hire and wine. (In French.)

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

LXX, 96. Kéralio, Agathon Guynement, Chevalier de, 1723-1788.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] February 11N. 1p.LXX, 96

Forbach. Giving particulars about the patient's [the Dowager Duchess of Deux-Ponts] condition, great improvement but still seriously ill. (In French.)

General physical description: N. 1p.

LXXI, 115b. Kéralio, Agathon Guynement, Chevalier de, 1723-1788.
to William Temple Franklin
1781 February 11A.N. 2p.LXXI, 115b

Sending a copy of a note written to him by the Dowager Duchess of Deux-Ponts and giving particulars of the latter's illness. Comments on the state of affairs in England and the reports of a truce between the belligerent powers. (In French.)

General physical description: A.N. 2p.

XXI, 61. Epidorge, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 12A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 61

Dunkirk. Wishes to know if the request concerning the twenty volunteers of Capt. Conyngham's crew came to hand; they live in his house and will give him no peace until he writes again; Mr. Coffyn refuses to do anything for them, as he has received no instructions; they demand their wages and a lawful share of the prize-money. (In French.)

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

XXI, 62. Putnam, Benjamin.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 12A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 62

Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe. Concerning the capture of an English privateer schooner by seven Americans, held as prisoners on board; in the subsequent trial, the privateer was adjusted the property of the captors; this judgment has been appealed to France for a second hearing; has purchased the pretentions of the seven Americans and begs Franklin's interposition on his behalf, should the appeal come before the Court of France.

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

XXI, 63. Howard, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 14A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 63

Six Americans on board the ship in a most miserable situation, without clothes or money; thay had all relied upom being exchanged with the Frenchmen; they are treated badly and are short of rations.

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

XLIII, 16. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] February 15A.L. 1p.XLIII, 16

Reproaches him for not coming to see her on her usual day; promises to return all his visits when she is stronger; begs him to bring her little story with him so that she may make a correction. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

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XXI, 67. Castries, Charles Eugène Gabriel de La Croix, Marquis de, 1727-1801.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 16A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 67

Versailles. M. de Sartine wrote Franklin in October, 1779, in regard to the sailors of the "Revenge," Captain Conyngham; Franklin's belief that many of them had embarked clandestinely has been disproved by their names being found on the ship's muster-roll; sends a new memoir concerning this matter. (In French.)

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

XXI, 65. Falck, Lars.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 16L.S. 3p.XXI, 65

Stockholm. Being the proprietor of a large tannery, and hearing that the United Provinces are in need of a quantity of shoes, offers to supply two thousand pair a month, at six shillings a pair.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

XXI, 69. Conkling, Joseph.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 17A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 69

La Rochelle. Repeating his request for freight with which to load his brig the Whim.

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

XXI, 70. Le Veillard, Louis.
to William Temple Franklin
1781 February 17A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 70

Passy. Enclosing four documents, sent to his father by Messrs. Lavabre, Doerner and Co., bankers at Paris for Franklin's official endorsement. (In French.)

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

XXI, 68. Pochard, Abbé.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 17A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 68

Alligny. Asking that the enclosed letter may be forwarded to his friend, Vaillant, in Philadelphia. (In French.)

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

XLI, 140. Pochard, Abbé.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 After February 17]A.L.S. 1p.XLI, 140

Paris. Sending the letter which Franklin promised to forward to America with his despatches. (In French.)

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

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XXI, 71. Kéralio, Agathon Guynement, Chevalier de, 1723-1788.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 18, 22A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XXI, 71

Forbach. Announcing that their invalid is on the road to recovery and that the doctors promise a speedy convalescence. [A few lines added by Mme. La Douairière Duchesse de Deux-Ponts on February 22.] Her brother has only said what was true; she feels sure now that she will live. (In French.)

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

XXI, 72. Boulainvilliers, Anne-Gabriel-Henri Bernard, Marquis de, 1724-1798.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 19A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 72

Passy. Craves a passport for the Chevalier Destours, residing in Dublin, whose state of health obliges him to come to Paris. (In French.)

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

XXI, 73. John de Neufville and Son (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 19A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 73

Amsterdam. Has received a letter from Capt. Daniel McNeill, from St. Lucia, advising them of his capture and begging that Dr. Franklin be notified not to accept any bills endorsed to his order.

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

XXI, 74. Kéralio, Agathon Guynement, Chevalier de, 1723-1788.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 20, 24A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XXI, 74

Forbach. The condition of Mme. La Douairière [Duchesse de Deux-Ponts] improves from day to day; she wishes to write herself but he thought best to prevent her as she is still very weak. Nothing in the way of news from Brest; vessels making ready to sail and work going ceaselessly on. (In French.)

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

XLIII, 84. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 February] 221 p.XLIII, 84

Thursday, Passy. Relating an occurrence which had taken place at a friend's house when a certain American, and an intimate friend of Franklin, had insulted a lady there present by throwing her letter on the ground and walking on it. The lady is very angry over the affair. Only Franklin can arrange the matter. Invites him to tea and asks him to bring his compatriot. (In French.)

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XXI, 76 (OS). Deane, Silas, 1737-1789.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 22L.S. 3p.XXI, 76 (OS)

Paris. Concerning the claims made by the seamen of the Revenge; Captain Conyngham being dead, thinks it impossible to declare positively on the facts alleged in the sailors' memorial; was told both by Mr. Hodge and Captain Conyngham that the latter got rid of twenty unruly sailors by putting them on a prize-ship to guard the prisoners; these afterwards got control of the ship and took her to England, where the said sailors were thrown into prison; gives particulars of Captain Conyngham's last cruise.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

XXXVIII, 78. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 22A.L.S. 1p.XXXVIII, 78

Nantes. Captain [de Galatheau] of the "Marquis de la Fayette" gone to Passy; cannot guess his business; ship not yet ready to take in all the goods.

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

XLIV, 221. La Rochefoucauld d'Enville, Louis-Alexandre, Duc de, 1743-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 Before February 23]A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIV, 221

Is requested by his mother to invite Franklin and his grandson to dinner. Hopes M. [Louis Guillaume] Le Veillard will come with them also. (In French.)

XXI, 77. Deane, Silas, 1737-1789.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 23A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 77

Paris. Begs that the letter he sends may be forwarded by express.

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

XXI, 78 (OS). Grand, Rodolphe-Ferdinand, 1726-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 23A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 78 (OS)

Le Havre. Desires passports for American ships. (In French.)

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

XLIV, 161. Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 February 23]A.L.S. 3p.XLIV, 161

Intoducing M. Frenel who wishes to know the present value of some paper money issued by Congress. Inquires if he knows a Mr. Iry, of Boston.

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

XLIII, 94. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 On or After February 23]A.L. 2p.XLIII, 94

Letter in anonymous form giving the views of a certain lady on love as opposed to those of a certain gentleman {Franklin). She asserts that she is a follower of Plato, while he is an Epicurean and a disciple of Anacrcon. Platonic love is a convenient safeguard for the fair sex (beau sexe). Exculpates herself from the accusation of showing or giving copies to others of the gentleman's letters to her without his consent. Attributes his displeasure and bad humor to her refusal to accept his proposals of love. In French. In duplicate (see also: XLIII, 95).

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XLIII, 95. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 On or After February 23]A.L. 2p.XLIII, 95

Letter in anonymous form giving the views of a certain lady on love as opposed to those of a certain gentleman {Franklin). She asserts that she is a follower of Plato, while he is an Epicurean and a disciple of Anacrcon. Platonic love is a convenient safeguard for the fair sex (beau sexe). Exculpates herself from the accusation of showing or giving copies to others of the gentleman's letters to her without his consent. Attributes his displeasure and bad humor to her refusal to accept his proposals of love. In French. In duplicate (see also: XLIII, 94).

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XLIII, 85. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 After February 23]A.L. 1p.XLIII, 85

Fragment of a humorous article in Mme. Brillon's handwriting which seems to refer to Franklin and his relations with her. Incomplete. (In French.)

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XXI, 79. Aubenton, ------ d'.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 24A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 79

Paris. A few days before, enclosed Franklin a memoir concerning the sugars shipped by M. de Valminière from Martinique to New England; begs to be informed if the memoir arrived safely. (In French.)

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

XXI, 81. Huquier, A. Benoist.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 26A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 81

Orleans. Has received the little boxes from M. Grand of Paris; wishes their contents declared in order to prevent their being confiscated. (In French.)

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

XXI, 83. Kéralio, Agathon Guynement, Chevalier de, 1723-1788.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 27A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 83

Forbach. Is delighted with the invalid's improvement; thinks the battle is won and that there will no longer be any occasion to write on the subject which has so occupied their thoughts. French fleet under M. de Grasse on the point of sailing for America; greatest confidence felt in him. (In French.)

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

XXI, 84. Vicq-d'Azyr, M. (Félix), 1748-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 February 28A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 84

The Royal Society of Medicine has deputed him to send Dr. Franklin tickets for their public meeting; trusts that he will not refuse them the honor of his presence. (In French.)

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

XXXIX, 207. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 1A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 207

The Hague. Movements of Mr. Adams; his negotiations with M. de Neufville relative to large loan; hopes it will have better sucess than that of 1778. No apparent haste to strengthen the Dutch navy; discontent among the people. (In French.)

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

XXI, 80. Kéralio, Agathon Guynement, Chevalier de, 1723-1788.
to Benjamin and William Temple Franklin
1781 March 1A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XXI, 80

Quoting from a letter of Mme. La Douairière [Duchesse de DeuxPonts], which speaks of her improvement, though she still suffers greatly. Extract from her physician's letter asserting his belief in her speedy convalescence. (In French.)

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

XXI, 86. Willard, Joseph, 1738-1804.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 1A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 86

Beverly. Desires a safe conveyance for the enclosed letters to Dr. Price in London; begs that certain observations of eclipees, made at the Royal Observatory at Paris, may be sent to him.

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

XXXVIII, 79. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 1A.L.S. 1p.XXXVIII, 79

Nantes. Concerning M. de Chaumont's consent to the appropriation of the officer's clothing to the public account.

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

XXI, 88. Cuming, James.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 2A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 88

L'Orient. Received by the lugger Aimable Elizabeth, a packet which he forwarded by the last post; now sends some newspapers, and by the next opportunity will forward some journals of Congress.

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

XXI, 91. Gourlade and Moylan.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 2A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 91

L'Orient. The Custom house officers have refused permission to load one hundred and ninety-eight cases of musket barrels on the "Marquis de la Fayette," unless they are furnished with a passport; begs Franklin to forward one as soon as possible.

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

XXI, 89. Newenham, Edward, Sir, 1732-1814.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 2A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 89

Belcamp, near Dublin. Most grateful for the passports which arrived that morning and desires four more for ships about to sail. His nephew and eldest son as well as his wife and himself look forward to paying their respects to Franklin very soon. In duplicate (see also: XXI, 90).

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

XXI, 90. Newenham, Edward, Sir, 1732-1814.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 2A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 90

Belcamp, near Dublin. Most grateful for the passports which arrived that morning and desires four more for ships about to sail. His nephew and eldest son as well as his wife and himself look forward to paying their respects to Franklin very soon. In duplicate (see also: XXI, 89).

XXI, 87. Nogaret, François Félix, 1740-1831.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 2L.S. 11p.XXI, 87

Versailles. Request his opinion on the French translation of the famous Latin verse, "Eripuit coelo fulmen, sceptrumque tyrannus"; suggests various renderings; encloses one to be placed under Franklin's portrait. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 11p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in part in Works (Sparks), VIII, 538, Note.

XXI, 93. Bondfield, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 3A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 93

Bordeaux. Sends his accounts, including advances made to sundry Americans, for which he has taken receipts; has omitted to mention cases where he only gave to prevent their being objects of public charity.

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

XXI, 92. Fournier, Simon-Pierre, 1751-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 3A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 92

Paris. Acknowledging Franklin's favor with its request for certain letters and punctuation marks; will bring them in person on the first of April. (In French.)

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

XLIV, 239. Jackson, William, 1759-1828.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] March 3A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIV, 239

Regrets that a prior engagement denies him the honor of accepting his polite invitation to dinner.

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

XLIV, 187. Golowkin, Wilhelmina von Mosheim, Comtesse de, 1743-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] March 7A.L. 1p.XLIV, 187

Asks him when he will come and dine with her. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

XXI, 94. La Corbière, ----- de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 7A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 94

Turin. Plan to establish a lottery in America; dilates upon its numerous advantages. (In French.)

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

XLVII, 192. Sackville, George Germain, Viscount, 1716-1785.
to the Commissioners for Restoring Peace
1781 March 71p.XLVII, 192

London. Extract from a letter relative to the restoring of peace between Great Britain and America. (Press copy.)

General physical description: 1p.

XLIV, 179. Golowkin, Wilhelmina von Mosheim, Comtesse de, 1743-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 After March 7]A.L.S. 1p.XLIV, 179

Thanks him for his letter and news contained therein. Hopes to see him at dinner on Wednesday. (In French.)

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

XXI, 95. Fournier, Simon-Pierre, 1751-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 8A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 95

Paris. Denounces a young printer of his acquaintance, who intends writing to Franklin and asking for his picture. (In French.)

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

XXXIX, 208. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 9A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 208

The Hague. Mr. Adams at Leiden. Amsterdam busy building and equipping vessels; the proposal of Amsterdam and Rotterdam to forbid all importation of English manufactures and all exporting to England of grain, linseed, etc. (In French.)

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

XXI, 96. Gourlade and Moylan.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 9A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 96

L'Orient. Enclosing two letters from America; will send larger packets by Colonel Laurens, who has just arrived in the "Alliance," Captain Barry commanding.

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

XXI, 98 (OS). Jonathan Nesbitt and Company.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 9A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 98 (OS)

L'Orient. Enclosing a letter for Dr. John Foulke, whom he presumes is in Paris; offers his congratulations upon the safe arrival of the "Alliance."

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

XXI, 97. Laurens, John, 1754-1782.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 9A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 97

L'Orient. Has just landed after a passage of twenty-six days from Boston; the expected arrival of the Marquis de Castries that evening alone prevents his hastening to deliver to Franklin the despatches of Congress, and pursue under his auspices the important matters to which they relate.

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

XXI, 101. Barry, John, 1745-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 10A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 101

Isle of Groix, off L'Orient. Announcing the safe arrival of the Alliance; the bearer, Colonel Laurens, can furnish a particular account of affairs in America. Orders of Congress respecting the future movements of the Alliance; very anxious to obtain a copper bottom for that ship.

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

XXI, 100. Coffyn, Francis.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 10A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 100

Dunkirk. Hopes to hear soon from Mr. Wharton, as it is nearly three months since the Ariel left L'Orient. Concerning the claim of the sixteen French sailors formerly belonging to Captain Conyngham, for wages and prize-money; enclosing a petition [in French, 3 p.] which they have letely presented to the Judges of the Admiralty, in which they hold him (Coffyn) responsible for the payment of their demands; begs for a letter which may clear him of all responsibility in this matter; asks that an explanation be given to M. de Castries to whom these men have written.

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

XXI, 99. Woedtke, August Heinrich von.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 10A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 99

Treptow. Desiring news of his brother who is reported to have died at Philadelphia with the rank of Colonel in the American army; thinks he may have served under an assumed name; begs that, if possible, a certificate of his death may be procured. (In French.)

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

XXI, 102. Searle, James, 1730-1797.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 11A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XXI, 102

Paris. Desiring a passport which will enable him to leave Paris, as he intends returning to Amsterdam in a few days.

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

LIV, 125 (2) (OS). Chaumont, Jacques-Donatien Leray de, 1725-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 March 12]A. Mem. 2p.LIV, 125 (2) (OS)

Account of "interventions" in [Jonathan] Williams [Jr.]'s drafts. Also includes chart of reimbursement for Fireaux Grand et Cie of Amsterdam. In French. In duplicate (see also: LIV, 125 (4) (OS)).

General physical description: A. Mem. 2p.

LIV, 125 (4) (OS). Chaumont, Jacques-Donatien Leray de, 1725-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 March 12]A. Mem. 2p.LIV, 125 (4) (OS)

Account of "interventions" in [Jonathan] Williams [Jr.]'s drafts. Also includes chart of reimbursement for Fireaux Grand et Cie of Amsterdam. In French. In duplicate (see also: LIV, 125 (2) (OS)).

XXI, 103. L------, M------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 12L. 1p.XXI, 103

Paris. Transcribing his own poor rendering into French of the famous Latin verse "Eripuit caelo fulmen, et sceptra tyrannis." (In French.)

General physical description: L. 1p.

XXI, 104. Mumford, Thomas, 1728-1799.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 12A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 104

Groton, [Connecticut]. Informed that his nephew, Mr. Gurdon [S.] Mumford, has been admitted into Dr. Franklin's office, through the influence of Mr. Silas Deane; joins with his brother in acknowledging Franklin's kindness. In duplicate (see also: XXI, 105).

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

XXI, 105. Mumford, Thomas, 1728-1799.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 12A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 105

Groton, [Connecticut]. Informed that his nephew, Mr. Gurdon [S.] Mumford, has been admitted into Dr. Franklin's office, through the influence of Mr. Silas Deane; joins with his brother in acknowledging Franklin's kindness. In duplicate (see also: XXI, 104).

XXI, 108. Barry, John, 1745-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 13L.S. 2p.XXI, 108

L'Orient. In case the Alliance is to convoy the ship with the Continental stores, thirty or forty more men are absolutely necessary; hears there are fifty Americans on board a French privateer; as the United States may not take French sailors into service, desires permission to get American subjects out of French vessels.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XXI, 107. Mumford, David, 1730-1807.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 13A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 107

Hartford. Acknowledging Franklin's kindness in admitting his son into his family until a position can be found for him in a good counting-house; has made great sacrifices in the struggle for independence, which prevents his providing for his children, as he had hoped.

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

XXI, 106. Vandenyver, Jean-Baptiste.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 13A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 106

Paris. Asks for a stated audience to present an envoy from the Court of Spain, who is empowered to treat of affairs relating to America. (In French.)

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

LXX, 68. La Corbière, ----- de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 14L.S. 3p.LXX, 68

Turin. Describes a plan by which a loan of 12 millions could be raised for the United States by the sale of 100,000 bonds at 120 fr. each which would participated in lottery drawings and bring more or less interest according to the result of such drawings. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

XL, 192. Jackson, William, 1759-1828.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 After March 14]A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XL, 192

Monday noon. If Franklin approves of the enclosed letter to Gen. [Henry] Knox, it will be sent by the next post.

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

XLIII, 205. Laurens, John, 1754-1782.
to William Temple Franklin
[1781 After March 14]L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIII, 205

Friday evening. Inviting Dr. Franklin to dine with him on Tuesday.

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

XXI, 111. Cuillié, Jean-Baptiste.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 15L.S. 2p.XXI, 111

Versailles. Desiring information in regard to the fate of a M. Le Brun de Bellecour, who served under General Washington and as Aide-de-camp to General Lincoln; since the affair of Savannah, nothing has been heard of him and his father is most anxious.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XXI, 110. Dana, Francis, 1743-1811.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 15A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XXI, 110

Paris. Regrets that a prior engagement prevents his dining with Franklin the following day.

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

XXI, 109. Searle, James, 1730-1797.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 15A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XXI, 109

Paris. Accepting invitation for dinner on the following day.

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

XLIV, 242. Chalut de Vérin, Geoffroy.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] March 16A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIV, 242

Paris. Expects Franklin and his grandson at dinner as promised by them to Abbés Chalnt and Arnoux. (In French.)

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

XXI, 114. Kerhalec, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 16A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 114

Brest. Request to forward the enclosed packets by Joseph Newman, Captain of the brigantine "Gates". (In French.)

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

XXI, 112. Ogant, Mademoiselle ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 16L. in 3d P. 1p.XXI, 112

Liancourt. The autumn before sent Franklin a little memoir concerning her brother whom she thought was serving as General in the American army; wishes to know if anything has been heard of him. (In French.)

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

XXI, 113. Vaughan, James.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 16A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 113

On prison ship off Rochefort. Complains of treatment accorded him by a certain Captain who engaged him as gunner upon certain terms; was first captured in a prize belonging to his uncle, Captain McCulloch, and carried to England.

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

LXIV, 19. Daniel Crommelin and Sons.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 March 17]Mem. 1p.LXIV, 19

Autograph firm-signatures.

XXI, 115. J. F. Frin et Compagnie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 17A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 115

Paris. Their friends in Amsterdam, Messrs. Crommelin and Son, write that certain bills having fallen into the hands of the English, they beg that none shall be accepted without the signature of their firm. (In French.)

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

LX, 42. Lyons, Archibald.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 17L.S. 2p.LX, 42

Caen. An American officer of the ship Revenge who has escaped from Forton Prison, in England; appeals for a loan of 20 guineas.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XXXVIII, 80. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 17A.L.S. 3p.XXXVIII, 80

Nantes. Prevented by Mrs. Williams' illness from going to L'Orient; loading of the Marquis de Lafayette; not surprised at Messrs. L[ee]'s and J[ay]'s enmity; expects nothing from Congress.

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

XXXVIII, 81. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to the Committee of Continental Congress
1781 March 18A.Dr. of L. 3p.XXXVIII, 81

Nantes. Informing them of the departure of the "Marquis de la Fayette," laden with clothing for the army; denies all responsibility for the unaccountable delay.

General physical description: A.Dr. of L. 3p.

XXI, 117. Hodgson, William, 1725-1784.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 20A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 117

London. Franklin deceived by Mr. Digges; his dishonesty in regard to the American prisoners [This paragraph printed in Works (Sparks, IX, 15, Note).]. Prospects of peace; intervention of the Empress of Russia and the Emperor of Germany.

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

XXI, 116. Le Rouge, Georges-Louis.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 20A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 116

Paris. Sends the maps on a smaller scale; as the surroundings of Fort Pitt were given in detail, he copied them directly from the original; wishes to know if the fête of "Shawane Town," as described by General Pownall, takes place every year. (In French.)

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

XXI, 118. Necker, Suzanne Curchod, 1739-1794. Necker, Jacques, 1732-1804.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 21L. in 3d P. 1p.XXI, 118

Paris. Requesting Franklin's company at dinner. (In French.)

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

XXI, 119. Franquelin, -----.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 22A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 119

Hesdin. Wrote in January in regard to obtaining the position of Agent on the King's farms; as the bearer of such an illustrious name, begs that influence may be used on his behalf. (In French.)

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

XXI, 120. Pinet, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 22L. in 3d P. 1p.XXI, 120

Versailles. Has the honor of forwarding the enclosed letter from Granville. (In French.)

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

XXI, 121. Barry, John, 1745-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 23L.S. 1p.XXI, 121

L'Orient. As Franklin has given him no instructions and as there is no one to apply to for further orders, has taken the ship the "Marquis de la Fayette" under his direction and will proceed to Delaware with her as soon as he can get ready.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XLIII, 151. Chalut de Vérin, Geoffroy.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] March [24]L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIII, 151

Paris. Asks Franklin to induce Mr. Laurens to come to dinner that day. Count d'Estaing has promised to be present. (In French.)

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

LXX, 130a. Laurens, John, 1754-1782.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 March 24]A.L.S. 1p.LXX, 130a

Will have to devote the afternoon to preparing the memorial for tomorrow. Requests Franklin to make his excuses to M. Chalut.

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

XXI, 123. Kéralio, Agathon Guynement, Chevalier de, 1723-1788.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 26L. in 3d P. 1p.XXI, 123

Paris. Wish to know if they may dine with Dr. Franklin the following Saturday. (In French.)

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

LXX, 124. Kurlbaum, Friedrich Wilhelm.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 26A.L.S. 2p.LXX, 124

Bielefeld. Offering to make shipments of sail cloth, table linen, etc., to America and requesting Franklin to furnish him with addresses of firms, etc. (In French.)

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

XXI, 124. Richard Neave and Son.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 26A.L.S. 4p.XXI, 124

Bornier. Mr. Wharton's departure for America left them without money, credit or a friend; their plans for recovering their just dues; desire Franklin's assistance.

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

XXI, 125. Barry, John, 1745-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 27L.S. 1p.XXI, 125

L'Orient. Enclosing names of prisoners taken during his voyage to Boston; sorry to sail for Philadelphia without Franklin's despatches; considers it his duty to convoy the "Marquis de la Fayette" to America.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXXVIII, 82. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 28A.L.S. 3p.XXXVIII, 82

L'Orient. Everything ready for the departure of the "Marquis de la Fayette"; she is to sail under convoy of the "Alliance".

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

XXXIX, 209. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 29A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 209

The Hague. Holland's state of lethargy. England's refusal of Russia's offer of mediation. (In French.)

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

XXI, 126. Bénard, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 31A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 126

Paris. Protests his innocence; served Franklin with intelligence, attachment and fidelity. (In French.)

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

XXI, 128. Lovell, James, 1737-1814.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 31A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 128

Sends Franklin a few newspapers; the enemy will tell their own story of the naval engagement of the 16th; they have ventured nearer the truth in Rivington's Royal Gazette than ever before; gallant conduct of the French; the enemy afraid to remain in Chesapeake Bay. Promises to send him Gen. [Nathanael] Greene's account of his affair with Cornwallis.

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

XXI, 127. Murray, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 March 31D.S. 1p.XXI, 127

Passy. Franklin having accepted, at his request, divers copies of bills of exchange, he hereby promises to make good the amount should originals of said bills be presented for payment.

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

XXI, 129. Nogaret, François Félix, 1740-1831.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 MarchA.L.S. 4p.XXI, 129

Versailles. Expresses great diffidence in exposing himself to Franklin's criticism; nevertheless sends him two volumes of his works. (In French.)

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

XL, 123. Houdetot, Elisabeth Françoise Sophie La Live de Bellegarde, Comtesse d', 1730-1813.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 April 1]L. in 3d P. 2p.XL, 123

Sunday, Sanois. Her own grief, and that of all their Society, at Franklin's inability to be with them the following day; begs him to name his own time for coming to Sanois and planting a tree in her garden. (In French.)

General physical description: L. in 3d P. 2p.

XLIV, 45. Unidentified.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 2L. 1p.XLIV, 45

Paris. Complaining that Franklin crossed out a signature on a draft which was presented to him for acceptance.

General physical description: L. 1p.

XLIII, 196. Houdetot, Elisabeth Françoise Sophie La Live de Bellegarde, Comtesse d', 1730-1813.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 April 3]L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIII, 196

Tuesday morning. Sanois. Asking him to fix a day to spend at her country place before her departure. (In French.)

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

XXI, 132. Deane, Silas, 1737-1789.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 4A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 132

Paris. Introducing Mr. Vanderpar, from Iceland, who wishes an interview with Franklin on the subject of a vessel taken by Captain Jones and sent to America.

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

XXI, 131. Du Castel, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 4L.S. 1p.XXI, 131

Paris. Has some American paper money; desires to know the best method of realizing its value. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXI, 130. Nogaret, François Félix, 1740-1831.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 4A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 130

Versailles. From Franklin's silence, fears that he never received the volumes sent him. (In French.)

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

XXI, 134. Delecolle, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 6A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 134

Givet. Is desirous of going to America and serving as a second lieutenant. (In French.)

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

XXI, 133. Warren, Winslow.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 6A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 133

Amsterdam. Hears that a trunk and box belonging to him have been sent to Franklin at Passy; begs his care of them.

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

XXI, 135. Froelich, Christian Emanuel.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 7A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 135

Goerlitz. Desires Franklin to send him the French rules and regulations for a branch of their Masonic Lodge at Goerlitz. Wishes to know if M. Frosch, director of the Royal Lottery in Paris, is still a Protestant. (In German.)

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

XXI, 136. Ingenhousz, Jan, 1730-1799.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 7A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 136

Vienna. Has received no answer to his last letter begging for information regarding Mr. Wharton's whereabouts; his reasons for being anxious on this score. Believes it necessary for the tranquility of Europe that America should remain free; attitude of England. Hopes of a Congress being called in Vienna and the American Minister being of the party. Work he has done in connection with electrophorus; notes on some new discoveries about inflammable and explosive air. Cowardly attack on Batavia by the English.

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

XXI, 137. Bersolle, Emmanuel-Yves, 1750-1812.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 9A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 137

Brest. Has received the packets and, by the first occasion, will forward them to Mr. Holker. (In French.)

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

XXI, 139. Adams, John, 1735-1826.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 10L.S. 3p.XXI, 139

Leyden. Difficulty of procuring a loan in Holland; mortified at America's lack of credit.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, IX, 19; Bigelow, VII, 224).

XL, 208. Grand, Henri Maximilien, 1757-1827.
to William Temple Franklin
[1781 After April 10]L. in 3d P. 1p.XL, 208

Paris. Sending two certificates to prevent the payment of certain bills.

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

XXI, 140. John de Neufville and Son (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 11A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 140

Amsterdam. Concerning certain bills of exchange.

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

XXI, 141. Hodgson, William, 1725-1784.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 12A.L.S. 4p.XXI, 141

London. Equally shocked with Franklin at the consummate artifice and villainy of [Thomas] Digges; sends certain documents which will be proof positive of his guilt; he never applied but £30 of all the money Franklin sent him for the relief of American prisoners. Account of money received and expended by himself on behalf of prisoners.

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

XLIV, 46. Unidentified.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 12A.L. 1p.XLIV, 46

Requesting Franklin to put in a package for Mr. Jay the enclosed letter for Madrid. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

LXX, 62a. Golowkin, Wilhelmina von Mosheim, Comtesse de, 1743-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 After April 12]N. 1p.LXX, 62a

Requesting Franklin to lend her the collection of romances by J. J. Rousseau. In French.

General physical description: N. 1p.

XXI, 142. Kerhalec, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 13A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 142

Brest. Concerning certain duties on a cargo of sugar and cocoa brought by an American corsair to Brest; considers them unjust; applies to Franklin for redress. (In French.)

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

XXI, 144. Bondoire, ------, Vicomte de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 14A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 144

Rilly. Concerning cerain moneys due his mother-in-law, Madame d'Admirat, sent from Guadeloupe by her husband, as the proceeds from his sale of sugar in America. (In French.)

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

XXI, 145 (OS). Adams, John, 1735-1826.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 16L.S. 3p.XXI, 145 (OS)

Leyden. After seeing the enclosed letter, amazed at Arnold's daring to show his face among men; his present employment that of stealing tobacco and negroes; Cornwallis engaed in the same pursuit. Has not yet succeeded in negotiating a loan; does not possess one grain of Franklin's faith and hope; motives which prevent the capitalists from coming forward. Desires Franklin's orders how the bills, accepted should be paid. Congratulates him on his success at Versailles. Good results to be expected, should Spain make a treaty with Mr. Jay. If America were willing to be less honest and would threaten to return to Great Britain, all the other Nations would hang themselves to prevent it; Europe's unfair and ungenerous treatment of America; would give millions to have all Europe remain neutral and let England and America fight it out alone.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

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XXV, 28. Sparre, J. de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 17A.L.S. 1p.XXV, 28

Strasbourg. Desires to go to America with his family and enter the service of the United States. (In French.)

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

XXI, 148. Huquier, A. Benoist.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 18A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 148

Orleans. Concerning two boxes received from M. Grand, with instructions not to forward them without Franklin's orders. (In French.)

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

XXI, 146. Nogaret, François Félix, 1740-1831.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 18A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 146

Versailles. Expressing great pleasure at receiving Franklin's book; inserts a verse written in his honor; begs his presence at the Hotel Girardin, already celebrated by a visit from the Emperor. (In French.)

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

XXI, 147. Potts, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 18D.S. 1p.XXI, 147

Passy. A promissory note for six Louis d'or.

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

XXI, 150. Ferry, -----.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 19A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 150

Guingamp. Offers his services to America. If Franklin disapproves of his plan, does not wish his commander, the Prince de Salm [-Krybourg], to know of this offer. (In French.)

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

XXI, 149. Lebègue de Presle, Achille-Guillaume, 1735-1807.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 19A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 149

Chatillon. If Franklin has no further need of William Penn's letters, asks that he will give them to bearer; desires also a volume of the Philosophical Transactions. Wishes to know if his brother has arrived in France. (In French.)

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

XL, 95. Morellet, André, 1727-1819.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 April 19]A.L.S. 1p.XL, 95

Arranging that his sister, niece and M. Marmontel may visit Franklin Sunday morning before dinner with Mme. Helvétius. (In French.)

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Hale's Franklin in France, I, 86.

XLIII, 5. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 20A.L. 2p.XLIII, 5

Reply to Franklin's letter proposing a marriage between his grandson and Mlle. Brillon; mentions the inseperable obstacle to such a union. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Pumam's Monthly, October, 1906, 36.

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XXI, 151. Ritchie, Juliana.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 20A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 151

Cambray. Asking that the enclosed letter may be forwarded to her husband.

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

XXI, 152. Bondfield, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 21A.L.S. 1p.XXI, 152

Bordeaux. Advices received that the "Romulus," with a convoy of twenty transports, was bound from New York to the assistance of Arnold. Their ships' safe arrival at the Cape to a great market.

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

LVIII, 145. Unidentified.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 April 21]A.L. 1p.LVIII, 145

Bilbao. Two American vessels having arrived at Bilbao, announce the capture, in Chesapeake Bay, of the Romulus by M. [Jean Le Gardeus] de Tilly, commander of L'Eveille. (In French.)

XXI, 153. St. Auban, Jacques-Antoine Baratier, Marquis de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 23A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 153

Montelimar. Thanking Franklin for the information about M. de Maxwell. (In French.)

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

XL, 171. Laurens, John, 1754-1782.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 Before April 24]A.L.S. 1p.XL, 171

Paris. Sending him a book and an unsigned letter from R[alph] lzard. Begs Franklin to appoint an hour when he may receive his commands for America.

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

XXXVIII, 105. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 24A. Dr. 4p.XXXVIII, 105

Notes of a correspondence between Mr. Williams and Mr. Thomas, concerning the shipment of certain merchandise to Messrs. Bache and Shee at Philadelphia.

General physical description: A. Dr. 4p.

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XXI, 153.5. Turgot, Étienne-François, 1721-1789.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 25A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 153.5

Paris. Desires to know the method advised by Franklin for burning smoke and thus diminishing the consumption of wood; thinks this method might be employed in their kitchen stove which burns an immense quantity of wood. (In French.)

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

LXXII, 37. Crillon, Félix-François-Dorothée de Berton, Comte de, 1748-1827.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 April 26]1 p.LXXII, 37

Inviting Franklin and his grandson to dine with him. In French.

XL, 93. Morellet, André, 1727-1819.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 April 26]1 p.XL, 93

Desires instructions as to the binding Franklin prefers for his six volumes of Memoirs of the Academy of Sciences. (In French.)

LXI, 144 (OS). Rasquin, Gérard.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 26L. 1p.LXI, 144 (OS)

Paris. Petitions Franklin to indemnify him for losses incurred through an order for arms given to him by Mr. Williams of Nantes. (In French.)

General physical description: L. 1p.

XXI, 155. Adams, John, 1735-1826.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 27A.L.S. 2p.XXI, 155

Amsterdam. His reason for requesting Congress not to make any draughts upon him until he had money to discharge them, His appointment as Minister Plenipotentiary to the States-General; has taken a house in Amsterdam. No chance of credit until their High Mightinesses determine to acknowledge the independence of the United States.

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

XXI, 154. Neufville, Leendert de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 27L. in 3d P. 1p.XXI, 154

Paris. Thanking Franklin for his kind visit, and regretting that he was unable to dine him on Sunday. (In French.)

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

XXI, 156. Laurens, Martha.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 28A.L.S. 3p.XXI, 156

Vigan. Report that her brother, Colonel John Laurens, passed through Nantes en route to Paris; their letters to him have remained unanswered; begs for his present address. Her uncle, Mr. James Laurens, [Jr.,] is obliged to set out shortly for England and desires Dr. Franklin to procure him a proper passport, from the French Minister, for Mr. and Mrs.Laurens and the two daughters of H[enry] Laurens, a prisoner in the Tower of London.

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

LIV, 101. Dieffenbach, Philippe.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 April 30L. in 3d P. 1p.LIV, 101

A native of Alsace; seeks information concerning his cousin, George Mengs, supposed to reside at Philadelphia, also about his uncle, Michel Dieffenbach, an old resident of the latter city. Wishes to know whether his uncle is living or dead and what disposition he made of his fortune. (In French. Press copy.)

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

LI, 74. Houdetot, Elisabeth Françoise Sophie La Live de Bellegarde, Comtesse d', 1730-1813.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 April]2 p.LI, 74

Response to the Comte de Tressan, recalling the planting of a tree during a reception given by the Comtesse d'Houdetot. In verse. (In French.)

XXII, 2. Dana, Francis, 1743-1811.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 1A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 2

Amsterdam. Introducing Mr. Warren, son of General Warren of Massachusetts.

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

XXII, 1. Des Watines de Flobecq, Louis-Eugene.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 1A.L.S. 3p.XXII, 1

Saint-Amand. He and his family are in trouble through the machinations of a wicked young man; begs for Franklin's protection. (In French.)

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

XXII, 4. Lasseray, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 2A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 4

Paris. Tug L'Aimable Elizabeth cannot leave for Philadelphia for lack of sailors; despatches of Lafayette and Franklin make a speedy departure of importance; asks that influence be used with the Minister of Marine. (In French.)

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

XXII, 5. Willemain d'Abancourt, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 3A.L.S. 3p.XXII, 5

Paris. Begs that the enclosed letter be forwarded to America. (In French.)

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

XXII, 6. Lenoir, Jean-Charles-Pierre, 1732-1807.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 5L.S. 1p.XXII, 6

Paris. Has accorded permission that the trunks containing the books be taken to their destination without the usual formalities. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXII, 7. Court de Gébelin, Antoine, 1725-1784.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 6A.L.S. 5p.XXII, 7

Grateful for the book, which increases his knowledge of the American languages; has found immense similarity between them and those of the old world; much interested in the vocabulary of the Delawares; has discovered a Phoenician inscription near, south of Boston; thinks they may have been driven by storms on the coast of America. His interest in the American Society of Science and Arts; his plan for establishing a correspondence between the American Society and one lately started in Paris (L'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres). (In French.)

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

XXII, 8. Shipley, Georgiana, 1756-1806.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 6A.L. 4p.XXII, 8

London. Delighted with Franklin's "Dialogue with the Gout." Difficulty of procuring a safe conveyance for her letters. Her life in London. News of Sir John Pringle, Dr. Priestley and Dr. Price.

General physical description: A.L. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, IX, 25; Bigelow, VII, 230).

LXII, 8. Boy, Pierre-François de, 1737-1793.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 7A.L.S. 2p.LXII, 8

Paris. Served in the American army; desires to reenter it. E. Dr. Franklin requests Colonel Laurens to inform him if he is acquainted with de Bois. E. Colonel Laurens has recollection of an officer of that name but does not know the state of his services.

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

XXII, 9. Johonnot, Samuel Cooper, 1768-1806. Johonnot, Gabriel.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 7L. in 3d P. 1p.XXII, 9

Passy. Accept invitation to dinner.

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

XXII, 10. La Lande and Fynje.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 7L.S. 1p.XXII, 10

Amsterdam. Request that payment of certain bills be stopped.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XL, 118. Court de Gébelin, Antoine, 1725-1784.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 After May 7]A.L.S. 2p.XL, 118

[Paris]. Has finally received the long-sought copy of Eliot's Indian Grammar. Desiring Franklin's presence at the Museum the following Thursday at five o'clock; number of Franklin's acquaintances who will be present. (In French.)

XXII, 12. Hodgson, William, 1725-1784.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 8A.L.S. 3p.XXII, 12

London. His explanation of Digges's conduct; thinks it unlikely that the money can be recovered; unpleasant stories told of him during his residence in America. Thinks Mr. Trumbull a worthy character. Mr. Jones and Mr. Paradise now members of the club. Money needed for prisoners, if weekly allowance is to be kept up.

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

XXII, 11. Watson, Elkanah, 1758-1842.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 8A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 11

Nantes. Announcing the loss of a small bill.

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

XXII, 15. Lafreté, Jean-Jacques de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 9L. in 3d P. 1 p.XXII, 15

Begs that his bill of exchange may be accepted. (In French.)

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

XXII, 13. United States. Continental Congress. Committee of Foreign Affairs.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 9A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 13

Philadelphia. Writes on behalf of Mr. Samuel Curson, his partner Mr. Isaac Gouverneur and Dr. John Witherspoon, Jr., taken by the English at the capture of St. Eustatius; cruelty shown to them as well as to Mrs. Gouverneur and her infant; supposed reasons for special severity; their exchange particularly desired. Signed: James Lovell. (4 copies. See also: XXII, 14)

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

XXII, 14. United States. Continental Congress. Committee of Foreign Affairs.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 9A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 14

Philadelphia. Writes on behalf of Mr. Samuel Curson, his partner Mr. Isaac Gouverneur and Dr. John Witherspoon, Jr., taken by the English at the capture of St. Eustatius; cruelty shown to them as well as to Mrs. Gouverneur and her infant; supposed reasons for special severity; their exchange particularly desired. Signed: James Lovell. (4 copies. See also: XXII, 13)

LXXI, 22. Lebègue de Presle, Achille-Guillaume, 1735-1807.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 10A.N.S. 1 p.LXXI, 22

Sending Franklin a work by Scheele which had been loaned to Turgot, the Minister, by Franklin and which the writer claimed after Turgot's death. (In French.)

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

XXII, 17. Deane, Silas, 1737-1789.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 11A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 17

Paris. Forwards M. Montieu's account; also the protest of the capture made by Captain Jones, which he begs may be forwarded to Congress.

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

XXXIX, 210. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 11A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 210

The Hague. Mr. Adams's memoir presented to the President of the States-General; will have it published in English, French and Dutch. Reported threats against Holland made by Great Britain. (In French.)

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

XXII, 16. Le Monnier de Savignac, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 11A.L.S. 3p.XXII, 16

Lons-le-Saunier. Begs for news of his son who is serving with Rochambeau in America. (In French.)

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

XL, 178. Laurens, John, 1754-1782.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 Before May 13]A.L.S. 1p.XL, 178

[Paris]. Sending Franklin the estimate of the Board of War with the prices. Cannot dine with him Sunday, that being the day the Count de Vergennes has appointed for his taking leave.

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

LXXI, 40. Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] May 14A.L.S. 2p.LXXI, 40

Paris. Sends a note on the military services of M[ajor] Pierre F[rancois de] Boy, of Marseilles, who wishes to re-enter the service of the United States. Hopes soon to return to Passy and be Franklin's neighbor. (In French.)

LXI, 106. Coulougnac et Compagnie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 15L.S. 3p.LXI, 106

Lyons. Proposition to furnish woolen cloth for uniforms and all kinds of clothing for account of the Congress or individuals in the United States and to sell cargoes coming from that country. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

XXII, 18. Cramer, Catherine de Wesselow.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 15A.L.S. 4p.XXII, 18

Geneva. Giving an analysis of the character of Franklin's grandson, his progress in his studies and his physical development. (In French.)

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

XXII, 19. Deane, Silas, 1737-1789.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 16A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 19

Paris. Sends a packet which he begs him to forward with his despatches by Mr. [John] Laurens; sorry to trouble Franklin, but Mr. Laurens, from political or other motives, has avoided him.

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

XXII, 20. Lovell, James, 1737-1814.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 17A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 20

Philadelphia. Enclosing a letter from Dr. Putnam, also some former proceedings of Congress in regard to the sloop which Count D'Arbaud restored to the Governor of Antigua after it had been taken by Dr. Putnam and others. In duplicate (See also: XXII, 21).

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

XXII, 21. Lovell, James, 1737-1814.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 17A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 21

Philadelphia. Enclosing a letter from Dr. Putnam, also some former proceedings of Congress in regard to the sloop which Count D'Arbaud restored to the Governor of Antigua after it had been taken by Dr. Putnam and others. In duplicate (See also: XXII, 20).

LXXI, 41. Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 May 18]A.L.S. 1p.LXXI, 41

Inquiring of Franklin about the reported success of Gen. [Nathanael] Greene in North Carolina. (In French.)

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

LXXI, 39. Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 On or After May 18]A.L.S. 1p.LXXI, 39

Returning the papers containing accounts of two engagements between the English and the allied forces in America. Compliments Franklin on his progress in French. The only bad mistake he generally makes is in confounding the gender of words. (In French.)

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

XXII, 23. Vaughan, John, 1756-1841.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 19A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 23

Aranjuez. Mr. Jay declined to receive his oath of allegiance until Franklin's opinion in regard to the propriety of such a step could be learned; begs that an answer be sent to him at Toledo.

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

XXII, 24. Watson and Cossoul.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 20A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 24

Nantes. The bill in question has been found.

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

XXII, 26. Deane, Silas, 1737-1789.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 22A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 26

Paris. Asking for a passport for his son whom he has determined to send to an Academy near Brussels.

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

XLIII, 240. Grand, Rodolphe-Ferdinand, 1726-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 After May 22]L in 3d P. 1p.XLIII, 240

Gives address of M. [Palteau] de Veimerange. Asks William Temple Franklin to send him some accounts which he left on the latter's desk. In French.

XXII, 27 (OS). Adams, John, 1735-1826.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 23L.S. 3p.XXII, 27 (OS)

Amsterdam. The news from America not at all bad; has communicated it to all the newspapers. Concerning certain bills ordered by Congress to be drawn upon him, Begs that the enclosed letter, received from Gottenberg, be forwarded to Mr. Jay, with great care as to secrecy and despatch; hopes it will remove all diffculties with Spain, whose accession to the treaty would be of great value to the cause in every part of Europe. Importance to America of obtaining an acknowledgement of their independence from as many Soverigns as possible before conference for peace shall be opened. Suggests acting upon the 10th Article of the Treaty or Alliance. Encloses a memorial of their High Mightinesses. His mission now a subject of deliberation. Discusses Holland's utimate action. All ideas of peace with England false and delusive. Agrees with Franklin respecting duties.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

LXX, 28a. Blome, Otto, Greve von, 1770-1849.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 23L.S. 1p.LXX, 28a

Recommends an armorer who wishes to emigrate to America. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXII, 28. Ingenhousz, Jan, 1730-1799.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 23A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 28

Vienna. No answers received to his letters of December 2d, February 7th, and April 7th; thinks Franklin's letter was suspected by the authorities and detained in Paris; letters from Dr. Le Bègue de Presle tampered with; directions as to their correspondence in future. His paper upon the theory of the electrophore much enlarged and preceded by an introduction of Franklin's theory of electricity, published in German. Copies of his book sent to Sir John Pringle, Dr. Priestley and other friends. His visit from the Emperor [of Austria] who expressed his regret at not having seen Franklin in Paris.

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

XXII, 29. Mazzei, Filippo, 1730-1816.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 24A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 29

Florence. Understood that there was a letter for him from America which Franklin kindly promised to forward; gives address.

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

XXXIX, 211. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 25A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 211

The Hague. Sends translation of Amsterdam's proposal. His intention to write to Congress concerning the difficulties in which his faithful services to the United States have involved him. (Partly in French.)

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

LXX, 30a. La Live de La Briche, Alexis-Janvier, 1735-1785.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 25N. in 3d P. 1p.LXX, 30a

Announcing the birth of a daughter. (In French.)

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

XXII, 30.5. Bersolle, Emmanuel-Yves, 1750-1812.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 28L.S. 1p.XXII, 30.5

Brest. Has given the packet to Colonel Laurens and received the postage.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXII, 30. Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 28A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 30

Brest. Goes on board in an hour. Hears that Franklin has expressed a desire to withdraw from business; in case his resignation should be accepted, will use any influence in his power to insure its being attended with every mark of honor and consideration.

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

XXII, 22. Vieux Chatellet, ------ L'Ecluze.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 28A.L.S. 3p.XXII, 22

Quimper. Desires to serve in the American army. (In French.)

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

LXI, 147 (OS). Baron, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 31A.L.S. 3p.LXI, 147 (OS)

Dunkirk. Concerning the officers of the frigate Pallas who have abused his credit; asking redress.

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

XXII, 32. Teysset, J.. Clifford, George.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 31A.L.S. 3p.XXII, 32

Amsterdam. Asks that bills lately remitted for payment to Mr. Isaac Hazlehurst by the Hon. Robert Morris be accepted.

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

XXII, 31. Heyliger, Thomas Hope. Wendorp, D..
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 May 31A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 31

Amsterdam. Concerning their vessel supposed to have been retaken from the English by an American privateer and carried into Morlaix. (In French.)

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

LXXI, 75. Turgot, Étienne-François, 1721-1789.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 May]A.L.S. 2p.LXXI, 75

Received his letter and the enclosed engravings. Thanks Franklin for his offer to give him fuller explanations. Intends to have a model of the stove made to introduce its use in ordinary kitchens. (In French.)

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

XXII, 33. Mallet, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 2A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 33

Le Havre. Has received as a boarder a destitute young man called William. Williams who claims to be Franklin's nephew; desires advice in the matter. (In French.)

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

LX, 12. Hanson, Gustavus et al.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 4L.S. 3p.LX, 12

Appeal from fifteen escaped prisoners claiming to be Americans who are destitute and who beg for relief.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

XXII, 35. Manley, John, 1733-1793.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 4L.S. 1p.XXII, 35

Mill Prison (Plymouth). Commanded the "Hancock"; begs for a small remittance. American prisoners, worn out by their long confinement, daily enter the English service; their allowance scarcely provides for one meal a day.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXII, 34. Talbot, Silas, 1751-1813.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 4A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 34

Plymouth (Mill Prison). Commanded the "General Washington" when she was captured by the "Culloden"; his present unfortunate situation in an English prison; begs that fifty pounds be sent him on account.

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

XLIII, 36. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 June 5]A.L. 2p.XLIII, 36

La Thuillerie. Is happy amongst her kindred and friends, surrounded by the beauties of Nature, but is not wholly contented, as she thinks of her absent friends. Prefers the quiet pleasures of country life to the excitement and pleasures of the city. (In French.)

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LXXI, 62. Sarsfield, Jacques-Hyacinthe, Vicomte de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 5A.L.S. 1p.LXXI, 62

Paris. Recommending a young man to Franklin who is seeking employment as a secretary. Intends to go to see Franklin before his departure. (In French.)

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

LXX, 44. Chais, Jean Antoine.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 6L.S. 1p.LXX, 44

Versailles. Sending a letter to be delivered to Mr. Laurens's oldest son then in France. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXII, 38. Chantereyne, ----- de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 6A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 38

Cherbourg. Captain Bennet of the "Franklin" has remitted him the money from the sale of the six ransoms. (In French.)

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

XXII, 37. Collas, Jane Mecom, 1745-1802.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 6A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 37

Cambridge. Mr. [John] Thayer has asked for an introduction; is glad of this opportunity to express her appreciation of her Uncle's kindness to Mr. Collas during his imprisonment in France.

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

XXII, 36. Daran d'Arcaignac, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 6A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 36

Armentieres. Desires to serve in the American army. (In French.)

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

XXII, 39. Brailsford, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 8A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 39

Amsterdam. Ready to put to sea in a few days; would be honored by any commands from Franklin.

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

XXII, 40. Laurens, John, 1754-1782.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 9A.L.S. 6p.XXII, 40

At sea. Concerning Franklin's desire to retire from his present important station; suggests the appointment of a Secretary of Legation; qualifications of Franklin's grandson for such a position.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, IX, 41; Bigelow, VII, 251).

XXII, 41. Conti, Louis-François-Joseph de Bourbon, Prince de, 1734-1814.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 11A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 41

Paris. Desiring passports for the grooms who go to England to purchase dogs. (In French.)

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

XXV, 93. Jacques Rocquette, T.A. Elsevier, and Fréres Rocquette.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 11A.L.S. 3p.XXV, 93

Rotterdam. Begging him not to accept certain bills drawn on them by their friends Curson and Gouverneur, at St. Eustatius, and the cause; concerning certain bills of Congress in their possession; desire advice how to procure their payment. (In French.)

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

XXII, 42. Pothonnier et Cie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 11A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 42

Paris. His promise to examine the accounts of the frigate "Alliance," and advise him upon the subject. (In French.)

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

LXXII, 16. Cologan, Thomas. Cologan, Anne-Rose.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 121 p.LXXII, 16

They have the honor to dine with him next Saturday.

XLIII, 39. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 June] 13A.L. 1p.XLIII, 39

La Thuillerie. Complains of Franklin's forgetfulness of her. Has learned that he was at the opera on the day the building was burned down. How uncertain is life and by what a slender thread it hangs. Without the sweets of friendship, life would not be worth living. (In French)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Putnam's Monthly, Nov., 1906, 170.

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LX, 31. Chew, Robert Beverly, 1754-1791.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 13A.L.S. 3p.LX, 31

Nantes. Appeals to Franklin for assistance to pay his board and lodging whilst waiting for a vessel to take him to America. Will repay the money on his arrival or give a note on his partner Charles Washington of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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

XXII, 43. Droüart, Charles François Robert, Seigneur de Lezey.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 13A.L.S. 4p.XXII, 43

Vic. His letters to his son [Henry Dieudonné Drouart] in Philadelphia seem to miscarry; begs that they may be sent under cover to Franklin's son-in-law [Richard Bache], to whom his son is known. Present occupation unworthy of his birth and lineage. (In French.)

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

XXII, 44. Wharton, Samuel, 1732-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 13A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 44

Philadelphia. Introduces Mr. Cornelius Ray.

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

XXII, 45. Manell, Jean.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 14A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 45

Dunkirk Prison. His capture by the English; is an American by birth; desires his release. (In French.)

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

LXXI, 54. St. Hubert, Dominique d'O— de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 14A.L.S. 3p.LXXI, 54

Versailles. With reference to a geographical and historical dictionary he is going to publish and asking Franklin to suscribe to it. (In French.)

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

XXII, 47. David, -------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 15A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 47

Philadelphia. His promise to recommend him to Congress to fill the chair of Professor of Anatomy; Dr. Chauvet [Abraham Chovet] his only rival. (In French.)

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

XXII, 48. Hartley, David, circa 1731-1813.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 15A.L.S. 3p.XXII, 48

London. His cousin, Mr. Samuel Hartley, thinks of going to Paris; would like to come himself, provided the French Ministry consent; as a former member of Parliament and an honorable man, desires to do nothing in secret. Conciliatory bill moved by his brother in the House of Commons, in the same form as his own of the year before.

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

LV, 48b (OS). Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 15D.S. 3p.LV, 48b (OS)

Philadelphia. Commission of Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, Henry Laurens, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams to negotiate a treaty of peace with Great Britain. (Copy.)

General physical description: D.S. 3p.

LXXVI, 19 (OS). Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 15D.S.LXXVI, 19 (OS)

Philadelphia. Commission of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Jay, Henry Laurens and Thomas Jefferson to accept the mediation of the Emperor of Germany and the Empress of Russia. In triplicate (See also: LXXVI, 20 and 21).

General physical description: D.S.

LXXVI, 20 (OS). Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 15D.S.LXXVI, 20 (OS)

Philadelphia. Commission of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Jay, Henry Laurens and Thomas Jefferson to accept the mediation of the Emperor of Germany and the Empress of Russia. In triplicate (See also: LXXVI, 19 and 21).

LXXVI, 21 (OS). Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 15D.S.LXXVI, 21 (OS)

Philadelphia. Commission of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Jay, Henry Laurens and Thomas Jefferson to accept the mediation of the Emperor of Germany and the Empress of Russia. In triplicate (See also: LXXVI, 19 and 20).

XXII, 46. Witherspoon, John, 1723-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 15A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 46

Philadelphia. Writes on behalf of his son, Surgeon on the Letter of Marque, "De Graaff," taken at St. Eustatius and sent to England; encloses a letter of credit for his son.

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

XXII, 49. Conyngham, Gustavus.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 16A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 49

Dunkirk. Has once more obtained his liberty; hopes for a speedy passage to America.

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

XXII, 51. Vergennes, Charles Gravier, Comte de, 1719-1787.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 17L.S. 2p.XXII, 51

Versailles. Knows nothing of the disposition Mr. [John] Laurens has made of the six millions which the King granted to Congress; suggests that M. de Veimerange might be able to inform Franklin as to these matters; the destination of the funds is also a matter of which he is completely ignorant. In French. Letter press copy in duplicate (see XXII, 52).

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XXII, 52. Vergennes, Charles Gravier, Comte de, 1719-1787.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 17L.S. 2p.XXII, 52

Versailles. Letter press copy. Knows nothing of the disposition Mr. [John] Laurens has made of the six millions which the King granted to Congress; suggests that M. de Veimerange might be able to inform Franklin as to these matters; the destination of the funds is also a matter of which he is completely ignorant. In French. In duplicate (see XXII, 51).

XXII, 52.5. Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 19L.S. 3p.XXII, 52.5

Philadelphia. Communicating instructions for the negotiation of peace.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, IX, 46; Bigelow, VII, 256).

XXV, 100. Jacques Rocquette, T.A. Elsevier, and Fréres Rocquette.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 19A.L.S. 3p.XXV, 100

Rotterdam. Concerning a vessel of theirs, which was captured by the "Vengeance"; complains of the treatment of the officers and the confiscation of the goods; begs his intercession to obtain the restitution of the cargo. (In French.)

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

XXII, 52.75. Heiss de Schwartzenberg, ------ de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 20A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 52.75

Schwarzenberg. Is a retired Captain in the German army and wishes to serve in America provided he receives a higher rank and the continuation of his German pension. (In French.)

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

XXII, 53. Conyngham, Gustavus.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 21A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 53

Dunkirk. His plans for returning to America. Miseries of American prisoners in England; hunger forces them into the English service. If the accounts of Mr. Digges be true, thinks him one of the worst of men.

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

LXI, 67. Foligné-Deschalonges, François-Jérôme de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 21L.S. 3p.LXI, 67

Passy. Recounts the services he rendered to the United States since 1777 in landing a rich cargo in Charlestown and saving several American vessels from capture by English cruisers. Requests Franklin to give him a testimonial for Marquis de Castries similar to the one he previously gave him for M. de Sartine. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

XXII, 54. Morris, Robert, 1734-1806.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 22L.S. 1p.XXII, 54

Philadelphia. Introducing Mr. George Harrison, of Philadelphia.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

LXX, 97. Estaing, Charles Henri, Comte d', 1729-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 23N in 3d P. 1p.LXX, 97

Passy. Will be a great pleasure for him to meet such a lady, but would have been pleased in any case to wait on Dr. Franklin.

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

LXXI, 77. Vandenyver frères et Cie.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 June 23]N. in 3d P. 1p.LXXI, 77

Sending a letter which they have just received from Antwerp. (In French.)

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

XXII, 57. Chandelier, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 24A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 57

Senlis. States the condition upon which he will receive Mr.Young into his household and instruct him in the French tongue. (In French.)

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

XXII, 56. Greene, Catharine Ray, 1731-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 24A.L.S. 3p.XXII, 56

Warwick. Assures him of their health and the continuance of their affection, Popularity of the French officers; determination of the French to take New York; reason why the American officers declined to give them advice as to the transportation of their baggage. Efforts made by Franklin's sister [Mecom] to obtain the sermon he worte for; fears it was lost in the hurry of the wedding.

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

LXXI, 64b. Ségur, Philippe-Henri, Marquis de, 1724-1801.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 24N. in 3d P. 1p.LXXI, 64b

Versailles. Sending Franklin a despatch from America just received in his own despatches. (In French.)

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

LXXI, 15. Varon, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 24L.S. 2p.LXXI, 15

Saint-Leger. Recommending his nephew and M. Larendoutte who were officers on the ship "Marquis de la Fayette" which was captured by British cruisers while bound for Philadelphia with a cargo of supplies for Congress. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XXII, 59. Davies, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 28A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 59

Newport, Rhode Island. His son, William Davies, a prisoner in England; begs that Franklin will allow him $100 for which bills will be duly honored.

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

XXII, 61. Hodgson, William, 1725-1784.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 29A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 61

London. Digges' guilt well-established; subscription for the relief of the prisoners exhausted; if there is any cash to spare begs that it be forwarded, as there are five hundred of these unfortunates.

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

XXII, 60. Jackson, William, 1759-1828.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 29A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 60

Amsterdam. Advisable to wait a few days to sail with a Dutch squadron destined as a convoy to the Baltic. The loss of the "Marquis de la Fayette" renders every precaution necessary to prevent a further disappointment in supplies. Any commands of Franklin's will be faithfully attended to.

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

XXII, 64. Bondfield, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 30A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 64

Bordeaux. Has heard of the capture of the "Marquis de la Fayette"; loss to America of this much-needed clothing; offers a quantity of cloth and other furniture, to be shipped at Franklin's command.

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

XXII, 62. Borde, Pierre.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 June 30A.L.S. 3p.XXII, 62

La Rochelle. The troubles of Captain [Joseph] Conkling with his brig the "Whim" and her cargo of tobacco. The need of a consul at La Rochelle; desires the post.

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

XLIII, 26. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] July 1A.L. 2p.XLIII, 26

Passy. Witty and bantering reply to Franklin who had compared himself to a beggar asking alms from a bishop. Declines to give Franklin the kind of charity he asks for. Is willing to give him her friendship, considers him as her father but cannot entertain his proposals of love. (In French.)

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Putnam's Monthly, Oct., 1906, 37.

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LXIV, 1 (OS). Chaumont, Jacques-Donatien Leray de, 1725-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 1Mem. 1p.LXIV, 1 (OS)

Account with Benjamin Franklin from 1777, June 12, to 1781, July 1. In duplicate (see also: LXIV, 2).

General physical description: Mem. 1p.

LXIV, 2 (OS). Chaumont, Jacques-Donatien Leray de, 1725-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 1Mem. 1p.LXIV, 2 (OS)

Account with Benjamin Franklin from 1777, June 12, to 1781, July 1. In duplicate (see also: LXIV, 1).

XXII, 66. Jackson, William, 1759-1828.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 2A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 66

Amsterdam. His determination to arrest the money now in M. Fizeaux's hands; it was committed to his (Jackson's) charge for a special purpose and he is accountable; Franklin cannot have the disposal of the money, as it was obtained by Col. Laurens, appointed Special Minister for that purpose; entreats the repeal of Franklin's orders to M. Fizeaux, which detains the ship and supplies so much needed in America.

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

XXII, 67. Jackson, William, 1759-1828.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 2A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 67

Amsterdam. Obliged in conformity to Colonel Laurens's instructions, to retain the money confided to his care.

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

XXII, 65. Martin, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 2A.L.S. 5p.XXII, 65

Neuville. Services rendered to one William Williams purporting to be Franklin's nephew; desires reimbursement. (In French.)

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

LXIV, 3. Chaumont, Jacques-Donatien Leray de, 1725-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 31 p.LXIV, 3

Account with Le Ray de Chaumont

XXII, 68. Folger, Timothy, 1732-1814.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 3A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 68

Begs for permission to return to Lille. Enumerates goods he will carry in the sloop Lively.

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

XXII, 70 (OS). Conyngham, Gustavus.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 4A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 70 (OS)

Paris. Concerning the French crew of the Revenge; certain they have no just cause for complaint; they were paid their shares in spite of being the worst of mariners and of little service.

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

LXXII, 12. Le Couteulx et Cie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 41 p.LXXII, 12

Pleased to welcome Franklin and give him a package they have received this morning by express. In French

XXII, 69. MacCarthy More, Charles.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 4A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 69

Boulogne. Desires to enter the service of the United States. (In French.)

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

XXII, 72. Jackson, William, 1759-1828.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 5A.L.S. 3p.XXII, 72

Amsterdam. Remonstrating against the detention of Commodore Gillon's vessel, which is to carry the sorley-needed supplies to America; in case Franklin refuses to withdraw his orders to M. Fizeaux, will be obliged to solicit the interference of Court and to produce Col. Laurens's instructions to him and his despatches to Congress.

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

XXII, 74. Cochran, Mary Elliot.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 6A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 74

Philadelphia. Has left her native land in search of peace; not in Mr. Cochran's power at present to remit money for her child's schooling; Mr. Cochran among the prisoners sent from Charlestown to St. Augustine.

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

XXII, 73. Thun, Ulrich, Baron de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 6A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 73

Paris. According to Franklin's directions, M. Auer wrote in regard to some money in Germantown, Pennsylvania, due a widow in his parish, but has received no response; desires further advice. (In French.)

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

LXX, 13a. Adams, John, 1735-1826.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 7A.N. in 3d P. 1p.LXX, 13a

Paris. Requesting him to let his servant take the trunks left at Passy.

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

LXXI, 86. Aumont, Louis-Alexandre-Céleste, Duc d', 1736-1814.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 8N. in 3d P. 1p.LXXI, 86

Paris. Announcing the death of his father-in-law, the Marquis de Courtanvaux. (In French.)

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

XXII, 75. Falls, James.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 10A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 75

Ostend. Sends letters addressed to Mr. Moses Young to Franklin's care.

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

XXII, 76. Finney, David.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 10A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 76

Newcastle. Begs Franklin if possible to obtain intelligence from London concerning his appeal.

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

XXII, 77. Morris, Joseph, 1715-1785.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 10A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 77

Philadelphia. Introducing Samuel Powel Griffitts, his great nephew, who has studied physic under Dr. Kuhn of Philadelphia and taken his degree with honor; a voyage to England being difficult at this juncture, the young man will visit the hospitals in France; will be most grateful for any kindness shown him.

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

XXII, 81. Carmichael, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 13A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 81

Madrid. The united fleet near Cadiz. Rumor of the capture of Pensacola; rejoicing on the part of the King; celebrations in which Mr. Jay will take part; all this very flattering to [Don Joseph] Galvez who has the honor of this enterprise and to his nephew [Bernard Galvez] who had the glory of executing it. Military affairs in America; advantage seems to be with the Unites States.

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

XXII, 78. Destouches, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 14A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 78

Dunkirk. Enclosing a letter from Captain [Bennet] Negus of the "Franklin" whose conduct during his late cruise deserves much praise. (In French.)

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

XXII, 80. Negus, J. Bennet.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 14A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 80

Dunkirk. Grateful for interest shown in his advancement.

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

XXII, 79. Rhoads, Samuel, 1711-1784.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 14A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 79

Philadelphia. Introducing Samuel [Powel] Griffitts; will be most grateful for any kindness shown his kinsman.

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

XXII, 82. Haine, Mary.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 16A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 82

Paris. Married to a native of Newbury, Massachusetts, who has been taken prisoner; left with two small children; begs Franklin to procure her a situation as housekeeper.

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

LIX, 5. Mayer, Joseph de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 16A.L.S. 2p.LIX, 5

Constance. Has a predilection for military life. His parents enlisted him as a volunteer in the Swiss Guard at Paris. Asks Franklin to recommend him to be promoted to be an officer in the Swiss Guard.

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

XXII, 83. Thomassin, Madame ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 16A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 83

Douai. Wishes to forward a sum of money to her son, serving in the American army. (In French.)

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

XXII, 85. Hopkinson, Francis, 1737-1791.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 17A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 85

Philadelphia. Wrote him by the unfortunate President Laurens, enclosing some of his labors in the cause; his chief disappointment in the loss of his squibs was that they would probably have given Franklin cause for laughter -- a most wholesome exercise. Will not discuss the question of Franklin's friends and enemies; to be without the latter is to be of no consequence in the world; his own love and esteem for Franklin.

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

XXII, 84. J. F. Frin et Compagnie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 17A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 84

Concerning the acceptance of a bill, probably found on some ship taken by the English. (In French.)

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

XLII, 175. Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 Before July 20]A.L.S. 1p.XLII, 175

Will carry out Franklin's wishes as regards the transaction. Question of the mortality in certain hospitals owing to impure air.

XLII, 80 (OS). Vicq-d'Azyr, M. (Félix), 1748-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 Before July 20]L.S. 1p.XLII, 80 (OS)

Sends Franklin some papers read at the last meeting of the Royal Society of Medicine, and a printed report on the burial of the dead in the Island of Malta. Thanks him for assisting at the Society's public meetings. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 213. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 20A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 213

The Hague. Reason why his letters have declined in number; recommends certain extra precautions to prevent his letters being opened. Enclosures for Congress and Mr. [William] Carmichael. (In French.)

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

XXII, 86. Hodgson, William, 1725-1784.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 20A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 86

London. Mr. Veillard will be discharged with the other passengers of the "Marquis de la Fayette"; they will all be furnished with papers and permits to pursue any route they judge proper; has furnished Mr. Veillard with a letter of credit. Further trickeries of Digges brought to light.

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

XXII, 87. Austin, Jonathan Loring, 1748-1826.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 21A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 87

Nantes. Expects to embark shortly for Philadelphia; will take charge of any letters for Franklin or Mr. Williams.

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

LXX, 80b. Des Hautesrayes, Michel-Ange-André Le Roux, 1724-1795.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 July 22]N.S. 1p.LXX, 80b

Inquires if Dr. Franklin has remitted to Favier the price of the 11 volumes of the History of China. (In French.)

General physical description: N.S. 1p.

XXII, 89. Brown, Moses, 1742-1804.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 23A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 89

Amsterdam. Captured a brig which he suspects of being commissioned against the United States; wishes to know if Franklin ever granted a pass to a certain Benjamin Joy in command of said brig. Expects to sail in four or five weeks.

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

XXII, 88. Fagnion, Jean Charles.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 23A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 88

Paris. Gives carpenter's estimate and address. (In French.)

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

XXII, 90. Remy, Jean.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 24A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 90

Dunkirk. Enclosing a letter to be forwarded to his cousin, Mr. Martin, in Boston. (In French.)

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

XLIII, 88. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 July 25]A.L. 1p.XLIII, 88

Wednesday morning, L'Arbalestre. Referring to a day spent by Franklin with them at the above place. Does not like the idea of making a long journey the coming winter for the benefit of her health. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

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XXII, 91. Fouville, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 25A.L.S. 6p.XXII, 91

Lyon. Inventor of a machine, warranted to destroy the rock of Gibraltar, and of many others which will secure victory to the American cause; explains his inventions. (In French.)

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

XXII, 93. Alexander, Alexander John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 26A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 93

Grenada. Introducing his friend, Mr. Robert Young, to whom he is indebted for counteracting the influence of his enemies in the Island of Grenada.

XXII, 94. Granger, F. R..
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 28A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 94

Dunkirk. Applies for reimbursement for supplies furnished to American prisoners. (In French.)

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

XXII, 95. Coffyn, Francis.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 29A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 95

Dunkirk. Sums expended for the relief of American prisoners, among others, a Mr. Macnamara, lieutenant of artillery in the service of the State of Maryland, who made his escape from Mill Prison.

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

XXII, 63. Le Fort, Marc.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 30A.L.S. 5p.XXII, 63

Marseilles. The capture of their ship Elégante by the English frigate Emerald, through treachery of the militia of the country; indemnification accorded by Congress; new laws passed which would affect the value of said indemnity; desires Franklin's intervention. (In French.)

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

XXII, 99. Collyer, Thomas.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 31L.S. 1p.XXII, 99

Nantes. Begs that his commission be transmitted; his ship ready to be launched.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXII, 98. Penet, D'Acosta, Frères et Cie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 July 31A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 98

Nantes. Asking for news of a packet of important letters directed to Mr. Mazzei and recommended to Franklin's care.

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

XXII, 100. Pownall, Thomas, 1722-1805. Vaughan, Benjamin, 1751-1835.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 JulyA.L.S. 4p.XXII, 100

London. Received Franklin's letter, also one from Lewis Evans's daughter Amelia Barey, desiring some remittance from the sale of the maps and topographical descriptions of America; fears his reply miscarried, wherein he advised her to apply to Mr. Almon; introducing his friend Mr. Hobart. Wishes to God he and Franklin could meet; thinks together they might do something to arrest the ruin which hangs over both countries.

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

XXII, 102. Adams, John, 1735-1826.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 1L.S. 2p.XXII, 102

Amsterdam. Encloses list of all accepted bills since his last account. Hopes the rumor that the ship is to sail in a few days will prove true.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XXII, 101. Besse, Jacques.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 1A.L.S. 4p.XXII, 101

Strasbourg. Wishes to be instructed in the art of making printers' ink; desires to know the process employed in England by which maps are printed on pocket handkerchiefs, London in red on one side and Paris in blue on the other. (In French.)

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

LXX, 62b. Golowkin, Wilhelmina von Mosheim, Comtesse de, 1743-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 Before August 8]N. 2p.LXX, 62b

Offers to procure for Franklin a copy of Abbé Raynal's work. In French.

XLIV, 183. Golowkin, Wilhelmina von Mosheim, Comtesse de, 1743-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 August 8]A.L.S. 1p.XLIV, 183

Is again anxious and uneasy after hearing about a battle between Rochambeau's troops and those under General Clinton. Asks for a true account of the affair. (In French.)

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

XXII, 104. Jourdan, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 8A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 104

Paris. Sends 600 livres which Franklin has promised to forward to Madame Thomassin's son, an officer in the French troops stationed in Rhode Island. (In French.)

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

XIX, 57.5. Rochambeau, Jeanne-Thérèse de Telles d'Acosta, Comtesse de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781] August 8L. in 3d P. 1p.XIX, 57.5

Palais Royal. Begs for a confirmation of the report that Mr. Clinton, having attacked the Comte de Rochambeau in his intrenchments, was repulsed with a loss of 1,500 men. (In French.)

XXII, 105. Eicke, Jean Frederic.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 9A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 105

Clausthal. Encloses letter to be forwarded to Gen. [John Peter Gabriel] Muhlenberg at Philadelphia. (In French.)

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

XXII, 106. Houdetot, Elisabeth Françoise Sophie La Live de Bellegarde, Comtesse d', 1730-1813.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 10L. 2p.XXII, 106

Paris. Begs that all possible kindness and protection be shown an American of French origin, M. Crevecoeur, the son of an old friend of hers and of her husband; he has been many years in America and has come over to visit his family; has lost most of his property in the present war. Hopes to see again at Sannois her dear Doctor for whom she has the greatest respect and admiration. (In French.)

General physical description: L. 2p.

XXII, 107. Martignon, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 11A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 107

Paris. Announcing the acceptance of bills drawn to Franklin. (In French.)

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

XXII, 108. Johnson, Thomas, 1732-1819.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 12A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 108

Maryland. Begging his kind offices on behalf of Mr. [Matthew] Ridley, who is about to return to France on private affairs, as well as on matters concerning the State of Maryland.

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

XLII, 107. Soulavie, Jean-Louis, 1752-1813.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1781 After August 12]N. in 3d P. 1p.XLII, 107

On the subject of a history he is going to write. (In French.)

XXII, 110. Blake, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 15A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 110

London. The bearer, Captain William Kennedy, of Baltimore, has come to London to remove some property from there to the Middle States; Resolve passed by Congress forbidding this after November 1st; begs for Franklin's intervention as they cannot possibly arrange the affair before the expiration of that time. A.E. by Franklin, "refused."

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

XXII, 109. Steuben, Hans Alexander Siegfried von.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 15A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 109

Beerwalde. Encloses a letter to be forwarded to his brother, Inspector-General of the United States army. (In French.)

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

XXII, 113. John de Neufville and Son (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 16A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 113

Amsterdam. Knows of nothing which should detain Commodore Gillon from setting sail.

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

XXII, 112. Mazzei, Filippo, 1730-1816.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 16A.L.S. 3p.XXII, 112

Florence. In regard to some papers of importance lately received from the Government of Virginia; instructed by Government to avail himself of Franklin's information and advice; hopes he will excuse the liberty he has taken.

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

XXII, 111 (OS). Poreau and Company.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 16A.L.S. 4p.XXII, 111 (OS)

Dunkirk. Ignorant what kind of treatment an American in the French service should expect, when taken prisoner by the English; think that Captain Christopher Codner, late commander of privateer "The American Union," was given treatment unworthy of a civilized nation; beg Franklin to procure his exchange; they have laid his case before the Marquis de Castries, Minister of Marine; transcribe three of Captain Codner's letters describing his treatment.

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

XXII, 115.5. Lambert, John, Sir.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 17L. in 3d P. 1p.XXII, 115.5

Paris. Enclosing a letter for John Mayo which he begs may be delivered.

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

XXII, 115. Laurent, Pierre.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 17A.L.S. 1p.XXII, 115

Paris. Asking for a subscription. (In French.)

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

XXII, 116. Greig, Henry.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 22A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 116

Gottenburg. Sends despatches just received under cover of Robert Morris, Esq., of Philadelphia.

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

XXII, 119.5. Vergennes, Charles Gravier, Comte de, 1719-1787.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 August 23A.L.S. 2p.XXII, 119.5

Versailles. Concerning certain financial offers made by the Minister on the part of the King with a view of helping America out of her most pressing difficulties. (Letter press copy. In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S.