Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from George Scott, 5 March 1780

From George Scott

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Marseilles 5th. Mar: 1780


After a very cold & a very tedious Journey I arrived here on the evening of the 27th. Ulto.4 & have been luckey enough to find a Genoese Vessell here just upon the point of departure for Naples, the Captain says that we shall positively saill to day & I expect him sending for me every moment.

From Paris to Lyons I travelled in Company with a friend of yours, Monsr. L’Abbé Rozier who was particularly civil to me. From Lyons to Avignion I fell in Company with the Marquis de Cugny who shewed me great respect, & since my arrival here I have waited upon the Governor of this Town Le Duc de Pilles to pay my respects to him, he received me very kindly & politely offered me any assistance in his power.5

Should any thing occur which you would wish to communicate to me by letter, I should be pleased to be honoured with a line or two directed to me at Naples.

I have an opportunity to Send this without expence wch. induces me to write otherwise my intelligence would not be worth the expence of postage. I am with sincere esteem & regard Sir Your Mo: Obliged & mo: Obedt. hble Servt.

Geo: Scott

I beg my best compliments to your Grandson. I am now in a warm climate the Weather being now very pleasant & agreeable

Addressed: The Honourable / Benjamin Franklin Esqr. / Passy / near / Paris

Notation: Geo: Scott Mar 5 1780

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The British merchant and friend of Joseph Priestley had left Paris in mid-February: XXXI, 422, 433–4, 453–4.

5Scott’s traveling companions were the abbé François Rozier (editor of the Journal de Physique: XXIX, 353n) and the marquis de Clugny, a lieutenant in the regiment of Beauvoisis stationed in Corsica (Etat militaire for 1780, p. 226). The governor of Marseilles was the marquis de Pilles: XXIX, 471.

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