Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Emanuel Mendes da Costa, 2 February 1767

From Emanuel Mendes da Costa7

Printed form with MS insertions in blanks: American Philosophical Society

By Order of the President.


The Committee (to whom the Consideration of the Papers communicated to the Society at their Weekly Meetings is referred, by Virtue of a Statute of the said Society, passed at a Council, held on the 26th Day of March, 1752) having been appointed to meet at the Society’s House in Crane-Court, Fleetstreet, on Thursday the 12 of february 1767 after the Meeting (the List of papers already sent) your Presence at the said Committee is then and there desired accordingly. I am Sir Your h[umble] Servant

Emanuel Mendes DA Costa

Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin LLD / p[re]sent8

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Da Costa had been clerk of the Royal Society since 1763, but in December of this year he was dismissed for dishonesty.

8Among the Franklin Papers, APS, is to be found one other example of this printed notice, that one undated but referring to a meeting of the committee to be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, 1768. It is signed by da Costa’s successor, John Robertson (1712–1776), a mathematician. DNB.

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