. Peter Allaire, a New York merchant of Huguenot descent, was committed to the Bastille
on 15 Feb. 1780. He was accused of attempting to poison Benjamin Franklin and of being
a British spy. While the first allegation remains unproven, the second is certain.
On 24 May 1780, Allaire was released and expelled from France (Claude-Anne Lopez,
“The Man Who Frightened Franklin,” PMHB
, 106:515–526 [Oct. 1982]).