Droüet, —

Bureaucrat and aspiring philosophe.

Friend of the chevalier Thomas O’Gorman. Was in an important administrative position (1736-69). Montaudoüin delivered to Franklin a memorandum of Droüet’s that was part of a larger work on metaphysics, morals, finances, the constitution, legislation, and administration (1778).

Foresaw an independent and powerful America and devoted himself to the study of the country. His goal was to devise a constitutional, legal, and administrative system for the United States, but he lacked the necessary leisure.

Wrote to Franklin to ask whether he would be listened to and compensated by Congress if he were to resign from his current position in order to undertake such a project.