Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from [Samuel] Potts, 3 August 1767

From [Samuel] Potts8

AL: American Philosophical Society

Genl. Post Office Augt. 3: 1767

Mr. Potts presents his Compliments to Mr. Frankland and desires the favour of his Company to dine on a Buck of the Postmaster Generals9 on Wednesday next at the Kings Arms in Cornhill at 3 in the Afternoon.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8On the basis of handwriting comparison the editors have attributed this note to Samuel Potts, controller of the Post Office’s Inland Office, 1765–87, and not to his uncle, Henry Potts, at this time secretary of the Post Office; see above, XII, 427 n.

9The postmasters general at this time were Wills Hill, the Earl of Hillsborough, and Sir Francis Dashwood, Lord le Despencer. In the preceding December BF had received a similar invitation from Potts, that one “to Dine on a Doe,” not a buck; above, XIII, 529.

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