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To Benjamin Franklin from Benjamin Rush, 17 December 1778

From Benjamin Rush

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philada, Decemr 17th: 1778.

Dear Sir/

The inclosed letter to Mr Coxe7 is from one of his family.— I have taken the liberty of addressing it to your care. Your conveying it safely to Mr Coxe will Oblige a worthy family, and Sir Your most Hble Servant

B: Rush

Addressed: The Honble: / Benjamin Franklin Esqr: / Minister Plenipotentiary / from the / United States at / the Court of Versailles.

Endorsed: Dr Rush Dec. 17. 1778.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Possibly John D. Coxe (1752–1824), Tench Coxe’s nephew, who went to England in 1773 to study law. It is plausible that the letter mentioned here went on its way via Joseph P. Whitall (XXVII, 322n), a Philadelphian and commercial agent in France, who wrote an undated note to WTF saying that en route to Holland he expected to see Coxe, and would deliver the letter. APS.

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