From Charles [?] Rybot7
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Hotel de Luynes. Paris 8th April 1777
I did not imagine you would have hesitated to pay me the trifling sum I disbursed for Mr. Wood,8 as had I not assisted him he must (as himself declared) have staid at Calais till you had, which besides the expence, might have been detrimental to your concerns by the delay; tis true I have no immediate call upon you, but as a man of known integrity; I am persuaded you would not have me be a sufferer, by an act, from which you reaped the benefit. I should have declined troubling you further on this Head, but I forgot to desire the Letter Mr. Carmichael left with you, which, do me the favor to deliver the bearer, if you do not chuse to pay him the money. If you do, he has my receipt and you will thereby oblige Sir Your most obedient Servant,
Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsr. Le Dr. Franklin / a Son Hotel / a Passy.
7. A Londoner, to judge by BF’s reply the next day. The uncommon name suggests that he was some relative of Francis Rybot, a Spitalfields weaver and merchant listed in Kent’s Directory . . . for 1776.
8. BF’s answer of April 9 makes clear that this was Thomas Hood, who first appeared in Bancroft to BF above, March 4.