Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from George Maddison, [1766–1773]6

From George Maddison5

AL: American Philosophical Society


G. Maddison called to acquaint Dr. Franklin that the Packets for America do not go from the Gen. Post Office till Saturday night.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5George Maddison (1747–1783) had been brought into the Foreign Office of the Post Office by 1765 by his uncle, Anthony Todd, secretary of the Post Office. In 1773 Maddison entered the diplomatic service and was posted to the Hague, where he was secretary to the embassy until 1780. He was an under-secretary of state, 1782–3, and in 1783 he was secretary to the British embassy in Paris, where he was charged with negotiating the establishment of postal service with the independent United States, Kenneth Ellis, The Post Office in the Eighteenth Century (London, 1958), pp. 86, 94, 147; Todd to BF, June 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 19, 1783, APS.

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