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#215 - Benjamin Franklin

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Franklin introduces a French supporter of independence to the new Continental Congress president
Description                           Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000          

LS signed “B. Franklin,” one page, 7.25 x 9, February 13, 1787. Letter to General Arthur St. Clair, president of the Continental Congress, written from Philadelphia, in full: “Permit me to introduce you to your Excellency the Baron M. De Chaumont who has some Business at N. York. I have long known this Gentleman and can assure you he is well deserving any Notice or Civilities you may please to show him.” In fine condition, with a few faint spots of foxing, and some light toning to lower corners.

A ‘Father of the American Revolution’ and governor of Les Invalides in Paris, Frenchman Jacques-Donatien Le Ray de Chaumont first became acquainted with Franklin when the latter was sent to Paris on a mission to gather aid in the war for independence. On the strength of their friendship, Franklin not only remained in Passy for several years but de Chaumont became an invaluable ally in attaining French fiscal and military support. Jean-Baptiste Nini’s famous portrait medallion of Franklin was commissioned by de Chaumont following the Treaty of 1783. The recipient, St. Clair, was elected as president of the Continental Congress on February 2, 1787, less than two weeks before this letter was written. A fantastic letter with great historical associations. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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