Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from [Henry] Hope, [June? 1766]

From [Henry] Hope

LS: University of Pennsylvania Library

from home Wednesday. [June? 1766]7


We humbly ask your pardon for not waiting on you ourselves, if it had been possible for either of us, it would not have been ommitted; That however we may enjoy the happiness of your agreable Company, we kindly begg the favour of Seing you att dinner to morrow, your cordiall acceptance will very much oblige Gentlemen, Your most obedient humble Servants

[The?] Hopes8

We dine att 2 aClock

Addressed: To Benjamin Franklyn Esqr

Endorsed: Messrs Hope Amsterdam

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7On their way to or on their return from Germany this summer, BF and Sir John Pringle received “Civilities” from the Hopes of Amsterdam, one of Europe’s great merchant families; see below, pp. 386–7. This dinner invitation, probably from Henry Hope, a Boston-born member of the family, may therefore have been written at either the beginning or the end of the trip; it is placed here at the earlier of the two possible dates.

8The signature is virtually a stylized scrawl. Were it not for the endorsement the deciphering of any part of the name would be nearly hopeless.

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