From Samuel Hartley2
ALS: American Philosophical Society
London Feby 3 1778
I am desired by my friend DH to forward you the enclosed Letter which I do thro’ the hands of my Banker Mr. Veron.3 Should you have occation to write our mutual friend under Cover you may address your Letter to my House under the firm of Messrs. Eyre & Hartley Negts. London. There is no doubt of its coming safe to my hand and you may rely upon my care and attention. I have the honour to be with much respect Sir your most obedient Servant
[In another hand]: M. Paul Veron Banquier a Paris rue St. Martin vis à vis la rue aux ours.
Addressed: To / Dr. Franklin &c &c &c / Passy
Notation: S Hartley address Feb 2.4 78
2. A covering note for the preceding letter. Hartley was a London merchant whose firm had been listed earlier as Eyre Son & Hartley, linen drapers: Kent’s Directory for 1770.
3. “DH” was his cousin, as explained in David Hartley to BF, June 15, 1781, APS. For Paul Veron see above, XXIII, 582–3.
4. “3” has been written over “4,” and the amalgam might be mistaken for “2.”