Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Boswell, [14 May 1768]

From James Boswell

AL: American Philosophical Society

[May 14, 1768]9

Mr. Boswell presents his compliments to Dr. Franklin and begs leave to put him in mind of his engagement to dine with him to day.

Addressed: Dr. Franklin / at Mrs. Stephensons / Craven Street

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9The date is established by Boswell’s description of the dinner, for which see Frank Brady and Frederick A. Pottle, eds., Boswell in Search of a Wife, 1766–1769 (New York, [1956]), p. 167. The conversation was lively, ranging from Popery and preaching to the bone that Boswell and Johnson so often picked, the cultural comparison of England and Scotland. This dinner, nevertheless, is the only authenticated meeting between BF and Boswell except for chance encounters at a club, for which see Verner W. Crane, “The Club of Honest Whigs: Friends of Science and Liberty,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., XXIII (1966), 227–30.

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