Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Penet, D’Acosta frères & Cie., 31 July 1781

From Penet, D’Acosta frères & Cie.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes July 31st. 1781


By our letter of the 3d: August ulto.2 we have made bold to recommend to your Care a Packet of letters &c. from the State of Virginia directed to Mr. Philip Mazzei. Having not reach’d the hands of that Gentleman, he has apply’d to us several times to know what was become of them.3 Be so kind Sir to acquaint us whether they have been forwarded to the directed; as they are both of great Consequence to him & Sd: State, we should be happy to receive your Answer./.

We are with Great Respect Sir Your most obedient & very humble servants


His Excellency the Honble. Dr. Franklin

Addressed: A Son Excellence / Son Excellence Monsieur / le Dr. Franklin, Ministre / Plénipotentiaire des 13 Etats Unis de / l’amérique &c. / A Passy / Près Paris

Notation: Penet Dacosta freres & Co. Nantes July 31. 1781

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Aug. 3, 1780: XXXIII, 147–8.

3He wrote on March 28, 1781, for example: Margherita Marchione, Stanley J. Idzerda, and S. Eugene Scalia, eds., Philip Mazzei: Selected Writings and Correspondence (3 vols., Prato, Italy, 1983), I, 268.

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