Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from William Mackinnen, Jr., 9 April 1783

From William Mackinnen, Jr.9

ALS: American Philosophical Society

ruë La Jussienne Wednesday April 9th 1783


The enclosed letter I received in London from Mr Vaughn, with the flattering hope, of by this means being introduced to a Character for which I have so high a Veneration; I called at Passy last Saturday but had the mortification of not finding You at home, my stay in Paris has been so short and my knowledge of the multiplicity of Business you are engaged in, has been the cause of my not venturing a second intrusion; hoping at some future period to have the happiness of an introduction to you I have the honor to be Sir your most obed hum ser

William Mackinnen Jur

Mr Vaughn in London a few Day before I left desired me to take charge of two large Books, containing charts of the Northern coasts of America, for Mr Adams in Paris; but my not knowing Mr Adam’s Direction I took the Liberty of addressing them to You, and I now take the Liberty of desiring the favor, if you have received them, that you will acquaint Mr Adams with this circumstance.1

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklyn / á Passy / prés de Paris

Notation: Wm. Mackinnen Junr. Paris 9th. April 1783

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Introduced in a March 15 letter from Benjamin Vaughan; see the annotation there.

1Possibly Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres’s The Atlantic Neptune (London, [1775–81]), which Benjamin Vaughan told JA on Feb. 25 that he would send by way of Charles Storer: Adams Papers, XIV, 296. Storer was in Paris by April 8; on that date BF issued a passport for him and a servant to go to Holland (The American Museum of Historical Documents, 1993).

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