Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Joseph Wharton, 31 May 1779

From Joseph Wharton6

AL: American Philosophical Society

Hotel de Rome 31 May 1779

Mr. Joseph Wharton present’s his best Respects to his Excellency Dr. Franklin and by Desire of his Father returns the American Papers with many Thanks.—

Addressed: A Son Excellence / Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin / &c &c &c / Passy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6A son of Samuel Wharton: Anna H. Wharton, Genealogy of the Wharton Family of Philadelphia, 1664 to 1880 (Philadelphia, 1880), p. 15n. He had recently arrived from England with his father; see our annotation of Samuel Wharton to BF, under April 7. He remained in France for more than a year: in August, 1780, he was in Lorient, where he made and attested a copy of an Oct. 15, 1779, letter from BF to John Paul Jones (Library of Congress). Reportedly he was killed during an uprising on Jones’s Ariel during her passage to America in early 1781: Anna Wharton Morris, ed., “Journal of Samuel Rowland Fisher of Philadelphia, 1779–1781,” PMHB, XLI (1917), 415. We follow present usage and call him Joseph Wharton, although he sometimes signed himself Joseph Wharton, Jr.; his uncle, Joseph Wharton, Jr., in contrast, generally signed himself Jos Wharton.

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