Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Courtney Melmoth, [6 January 1778]

From Courtney Melmoth

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Paris, Chez Monsr: Le Brun Rue Jacob.
[January 6, 17783]


An American friend, who sups with me this Evening, expresses great desire to read the little Ode call’d the Muse of America which I had, some time since, the Honour to present to you thro the medium of Mr: Dubourg of Paris.

Having no second Copy of the above trifle, I shall be very much indebted to you, Sir, if you will give it to the Bearer; and, I confess, it would very greatly soothe my Ambition, if I understood that it had given the taste or the feelings of Doctor franklin the least satisfaction.

Mr. Dubourg did me the Honour to conduct me yesterday to the Cabinet of Monsieur Le Jeuneux à l’hotel de Chavigny, where we expected the Pleasure to meet you Sir. That Happiness, however, is yet to be gratified, and I shall ever rejoice to promote it; being most truly, with great Respect and Ardour, Sir, Your most obedient Servant

Courtney Melmoth

Addressed: A / Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin / A Passi / Prés d’Paris

Notation: Courtney Melmoth

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Dubourg’s note of Jan. 3 is about a visit on the 5th, which Melmoth says here took place yesterday.

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