From Samuel Wharton
ALS: American Philosophical Society
L’orient2 2 Decr. 1780
The Bearer hereof is Mr. Robert Mease of Alexandria in Virginia, Who proposes to visit several Places in France on a mercantile Plan, and to pass some Time in paris.3 You are so well acquainted with the Devotion of his Family to the great Cause of our Country,4 That it is unnecessary for me to say,— Mr. Mease has zealously exerted Himself, during the present War. Will your Excellency permit Me to recommend Him to your Civility, and protection, and thereby add to the many Favors conferred On Dear Sir Your most faithful and affectionate Friend
His Excellency Benjamin Franklin Esqr. &c&c&c
Addressed: To / His Excellency Benjamin Franklin / Esqr. / Minister plenipotentiary from the / United States of North / America / at the Court of Versailes / at Passy near / paris / per favr. of / Mr. Mease
Notation: Wharton Saml. 2. Dec. 1780.
2. To which Wharton had returned after an unsuccessful attempt to sail to America: XXXIII, 420–1. He again found passage on the Ariel, which sailed on Dec. 18: Jones to BF, Dec. 18; BF to Richard Neave & Son, April 12, both below.
3. Mease had written BF in July to say he was planning to visit Paris: XXXIII, 74. Apparently he did not meet BF during his previous trip to France: XXIII, 103. Mease was actually from Philadelphia and as far as we know resided there: XXXII, 336.
4. Among Mease’s brothers were Matthew, former purser of the Bonhomme Richard, and James, former clothier general of Washington’s army: XXIII, 103n; XXX, 454, 625n; XXXI, 20n.