Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John MacMahon, 5 January 1778

From John MacMahon

ALS: American Philosophical Society

At the Military School Jany. the 5th. 1778


Here is an invitation from the Dutchesses De Mortemart for your son and you to dine with them next thursday Se’nnight, which I hope you’ll comply with. They live Rue St. Guillaume fauxbourg St. Germain. If that day should not suit you, you may appoint friday, but not saturday, as they are to go that day to the Princess de Guemenées ball at Versailles.4 Be so kind as to send me answer here by the penny post. If you’ll inclose a billet to the Dutchesses of your Acceptance of the invitation, I’ll transmit it to them.

It was said yesterday that the English took mud-Island and had seventy Officers killed or wounded in the attack, enraged at so obstinate a defence, they put the garrison of 400 men all to the sword. But M. Panchaud a banker5 whom I saw yesterday received letters from London by hand, of the 30th. Dec. which make no mention of this event. I am with my usual sentiments of respect, admiration and the warmest attachment Sir your most humble and obedient Servant

J. MacMahon

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Le Docteur Franklin / chez M. Ray De Chaumont / ancien Intendant des Invalides / à Passy

Notation: recue 2 s[ous?]

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4One of the duchesses de Mortemart was Anne-Catherine-Gabrielle, the wife of Victurnien-Jean-Baptiste-Marie de Rochechouart, duc de Mortemart; she died a few months later. The other was her mother-in-law the dowager, Charlotte-Nathalie de Manneville, who died in 1799. Lewis, Walpole Correspondence, VII, 41; Jean Grassion and Frans Durif, eds., Marquis de Bombelles Journal . . . (2 vols., Geneva, 1977–82), I, 215 n.

5Of considerable note: Lüthy, Banque protestante, II, 422–4.

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