Gellée, Nicolas-Maurice (b. 1759)

Franklin’s second private secretary, along with William Temple Franklin.

Initially hired on a trial basis (May 1778), he requested a more formal arrangement and more to do (March 1779). Unsatisfied with his duties, he resigned after a dispute with his tailor brought him under a cloud (July 1779).

Born in Châlons-sur-Marne.