From Thomas Mante2
ALS: American Philosophical Society
12 March 1779.
I hope that you will not think me importunate in soliciting an answer to the letter that I had the honour of writing to you some few days past.3 Though I would wish to avoid asking of you pecuniary aid yet the distress of my situation orleaps the barrier of delicacy and again compels me to address myself to your humanity. A short time I hope will enable me to return the relief you afford me, and to thank you personally for your goodness.
I have the honour to be Sir, Your most obliged humble servant
Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin / Ministre plenipotentiare des Etats / unis de L’Amerique / A Challot.
Notation: Thomas Mante 12 mars 1779.
2. A British writer who had been imprisoned as the result of a business dispute: XXVII, 348–9.
3. Requesting BF’s help: XXVIII, 592–3. Mante also wished to dedicate his latest book to him.