From Thomas Mante
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Paris chez un horloger vis a vis l’hotel d’York rue Jacob. 10 Jany. 1780.
On the 10th. of last month I was cut for the stone9 the operation was attended with the desired effect. Since that time I have been struggling with the want of almost every thing necessary for a person in that situation. If once more you will permit me to ask your aid, it will be the last time,1 and by granting it to me, you will relieve an afflicted person from great distress. I have the honour to be Sir Your most obliged obed humble Servant
Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin / Ministre plenipotentiaire des Etats / unies de L’Amerique. / A Passy.
Notation: Thomas Mante
9. “A propos the stone,” chuckled Turgot, “Mante … recovered perfectly from a huge stone that broke during the operation. A hundred honest people would have died from this …” (Schelle, uvres de Turgot, V, 629).
1. Not quite. He launched one last piteous appeal from Sceaux on New Year’s Day, 1781. APS.