Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Mante, 12 March 1779

From Thomas Mante2

ALS: American Philosophical Society

12 March 1779.


I hope that you will not think me importunate in soliciting an answer to the letter that I had the honour of writing to you some few days past.3 Though I would wish to avoid asking of you pecuniary aid yet the distress of my situation orleaps the barrier of delicacy and again compels me to address myself to your humanity. A short time I hope will enable me to return the relief you afford me, and to thank you personally for your goodness.

I have the honour to be Sir, Your most obliged humble servant

Thomas Mante

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin / Ministre plenipotentiare des Etats / unis de L’Amerique / A Challot.

Notation: Thomas Mante 12 mars 1779.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2A British writer who had been imprisoned as the result of a business dispute: XXVII, 348–9.

3Requesting BF’s help: XXVIII, 592–3. Mante also wished to dedicate his latest book to him.

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