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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.07254
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0139] January-April 1799 
Title Bon-Albert Briois de Beaumez to Henry Knox on family matters and foreign affairs
Date 6 April 1799
Author Beaumez, Bon-Albert Briois de (1759-ca. 1809)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence; Government document
Content Description Beaumez writes to Knox about how valuable letters from his friends in America are. He mentions the letters from Mrs. Knox and their daughter Lucy, as well as Thomas Flucker, Beaumez's stepson. Beaumez say, "though I am but an adoptive citizen of the U.S., I feel all proper sense of Duty and attachment towards the country that has afforded me so much hospitality and protection." Beaumez is disgusted with French treatment of America. He talks of his commercial interests and gains both in America and in India. Beaumez explains that "no foreigner, and even no English Subject has a right to fix his residence in Bengal," though they are protected by the government if they behave according to the judgment of the Governor General. "But in my case it has been the Government in England, that has taken the trouble to mark me out as one who ought not to remain in Bengal." He blames some French informer who is telling the English falsehoods. Beaumez takes comfort in the support of his friends in Bengal. He talks of his dangerous situation in traveling as a Frenchman under an American flag. The sugar crop, which Beaumez writes, is abundant in his part of India, has kept him busy there. He hopes to sell more of it once peace comes with France. He talks of his daughter Henrietta, visiting friends in Calcutta, and of the opportunities in India.
Subjects India  Friendship  Children and Family  Women's History  Naturalization  Patriotism  France  Quasi-war  Global History and Civics  Commerce  Merchants and Trade  Finance  Government and Civics  Travel  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry  American Flag  
People Beaumez, Bon-Albert Briois de (1759-ca. 1809)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Place written Burdwan, Bengal, India
Theme Children & Family; Women in American History; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs; Merchants & Commerce; Agriculture
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information B. Beaumez, the husband of Sarah Lyons Flucker Beaumez, is most likely Bon-Albert Briois de Beaumez (also spelled "Beaumetz"), a travelling companion of Talleyrand and former President of the French National Constituent Assembly.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859