To Benjamin Bache Franklin [1781]

To Benjamin Bache Franklin [1781]

DEAR SIR:

Since writing the enclosed, a messenger arrived with a letter from you for Col. Laurens, who is gone to take leave.

Col. Laurens in making out his arrangement of supplies as mentioned in my note to you wants some commercial information, and if Mr. Williams can make it convenient to be here early tomorrow morning it will, I know, be convenient to the Colonel which is the purpose of my letter to Mr. W. Therefore if you do not see him today, I should be glad you could forward it to St. Germain. I have likewise sent a line on the same purpose to Mr. Alexander at his hotel.

I am dear sir with much esteem your obedient humble servant

THOMAS PAINE.

I should be glad of half an hour conversation with you as I want much to mention to you something respecting a person (whom we both know) and his very extraordinary conversation in this country.