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To Benjamin Franklin from Sir Edward Newenham, 19 March 1783

From Sir Edward Newenham

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Leghorn 19 March 1783—

Dear Sir

Now that the long wished-for point is finaly Obtained by the Spirit of the United States, in whose cause I have always been warm & never varied, I must Again in the most Earnest Manner press your Excellency to have Mr John Christopher Hornbostel appointed Consul for those states at Marsailles;1 he justly merits it to my own Knowledge and I think I have some Claim for that favor, for I never Changed in all the Vicissitudes of the Affairs of that now happy Continent—

I hoped for the Honor of a Letter in Answer to my former ones,2 but flatter myself that, the Answer to this, will be his Appointment; for which I shall return my personal & Gratefull thanks before I leave the Continent—

At present I shall not presume to take up your time with a long Letter, but request you & your Son will accept of the Sincerest Respects of Lady Newenham, my Son & Daughter—

I have the Honor to be, Dear Sir, with Evry sentiment of respect your Excellencys most obliged & most obt: Humble Sert

Edwd Newenham

PS— I shall remain here untill I receive the honor of yr Excellencys Answer Pray, is the Marquiss La Fayette in France?

1Hornbostel (XXVI, 212) and Newenham had made this request three times: XXXVIII, 306–7.

2XXXVIII, 187–8, 301–2, 302–4, 306–7.

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