Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Mante, 10 January 1780

From Thomas Mante

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Paris chez un horloger vis a vis l’hotel d’York rue Jacob. 10 Jany. 1780.


On the 10th. of last month I was cut for the stone9 the operation was attended with the desired effect. Since that time I have been struggling with the want of almost every thing necessary for a person in that situation. If once more you will permit me to ask your aid, it will be the last time,1 and by granting it to me, you will relieve an afflicted person from great distress. I have the honour to be Sir Your most obliged obed humble Servant

Thomas Mante

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin / Ministre plenipotentiaire des Etats / unies de L’Amerique. / A Passy.

Notation: Thomas Mante

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9“A propos the stone,” chuckled Turgot, “Mante … recovered perfectly from a huge stone that broke during the operation. A hundred honest people would have died from this …” (Schelle, Œuvres de Turgot, V, 629).

1Not quite. He launched one last piteous appeal from Sceaux on New Year’s Day, 1781. APS.

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