Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Arthur Lee, 5 March 1778

To Arthur Lee

L:8 Harvard University Library

Passy March 5th. 1778.

Dr. Franklin presents his Respects to Mr. A. Lee, is sorry he can not do himself the honour of waiting upon [him] on Monday next, being pre-engaged. If Tuesday or Wednesday will suit Mr. Lee’s Convenience, Dr. F. will [be] happy to accept his Invitation.9

Addressed: Honble Arthur Lee Esqr. / Chaillot

Notation: March 5th. 1778

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8In WTF’s hand. He was perhaps responsible for omitting the two obvious words that we have supplied.

9The invitation was to dinner, where a guest was to be Sebastian de Llano y de la Quadra, conde de Sanafé and Vizconde de Llano, the Spanish envoy to the Hague: Butterfield, Adams Correspondence, IV, 339 n. Lee passed on this reply to the count, who returned it after adding on a blank page a note that he would gladly accept for Tuesday.

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