To a French Minister August 13, 1796

To a French Minister August 13, 1796

VERSAILLES,

CITIZEN MINISTER:

The citizen Robert Smith, a very particular friend of mine, wishes to obtain a passport to go to Hamburg, and I will be obliged to you to do him that favor. Himself and family have lived several years in France, for he likes neither the government nor the climate of England. He has large property in England, but his Banker in that country has refused sending him remittances. This makes it necessary for him to go to Hamburg, because from there he can draw his money out of his Banker's hands, which he cannot do whilst in France. His family remains in France.

Salut et fraternite.

THOMAS PAINE.