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To Benjamin Franklin from Anthony Todd, 22 August 1783

From Anthony Todd

LS: American Philosophical Society; copy: Royal Mail Archive

General Post Office August 22nd 1783

Dear Sir,

This Morning Mr. Potts delivered to me your kind Letter of the 17th. Instant.9 I now inclose according to your desire without loss of Time a Copy of mine to you which you happen to have mislaid of the 25th. of June last, and I should be very much obliged to you for your opinion of the Matters therein as soon as it may be in your power, particularly as the French Packet Boats are to take place between Port Louis and New York in the Course of next Month.

I thank you very much for your valuable and kind offer to assist any Person with your advice whom The Post Master General may send over to Paris with Instructions for settling such Points as respect the American Packet Boats both English and French and the Exchange of Letters conveyed by them.

These and other Negotiations with the Post Office of Paris appear at present very properly to pass through the Hands of Mr. Maddison Secretary of our Embassy at Paris,1 who with the Approbation of the Secretary of State here, and of our Ambassader at that Court, will be induced to take Charge of them, and being my Nephew also, will engage you from my antient Experience of your Friendship to afford him every consistent Aid in Your Power and if You have an Opportunity to shew him this Letter you will oblige me very much, and I do assure You I remain with true Respect Dear sir Your most obedient and most humble Servant

Anth Todd Secy

I should imagine Mr. Foxcroft2 will remain at New York merely as Agent to the Packet Boats.

Dr. Franklin Paris.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9See Potts to BF, Aug. 15. BF’s letter has not been found.

1George Maddison died unexpectedly on Aug. 27. His death was attributed to poisoning, which George III supposed accidental: Gent. Mag., LIII (1783), 805; Manchester to Fox, Aug. 26, 1783, in Lord John Russell, ed., Memorials and Correspondence of Charles James Fox (4 vols., London, 1853–57), II, 146; George III to Fox, Sept. I, 1783 (Fortescue, Correspondence of George Third, VI, 439–40).

2John Foxcroft, the former joint deputy postmaster general of North America (IX, 378n), had been imprisoned as a Loyalist and paroled in New York: Sabine, Loyalists; Pa. Arch., 1st ser., VII (1853), 377.

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