Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Arthur Lee, 3 April 1779

From Arthur Lee

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Paris, April 3d. 1779


A Gentlemen calld on me this moment, who wishes for a Passport to gain him admission into the State of Virginia or any other of the United States. Upon my referring him to you, as the only person in this Country who coud give such a Passport, he informs me that he has already waited on you, & that you referrd him to me.

I beg the favor of you to write me, what you wish I shoud do, as it seems to me that it woud be very improper in me to give a Passport here, where you are Minister.

I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Sir yr. most Obedt. Servt

Arthur Lee

The Gentleman says his name is Hunter.4

Notation: Arthur Lee April 3. 1779

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Perhaps George Hunter, an American previously recommended by two Irish merchants: XXVI, 528n.

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