Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Cyrus Griffin, 16 March 1780

To Cyrus Griffin

Reprinted from William Temple Franklin, ed., The Private Correspondence of Benjamin Franklin, LL.D F.R.S. &c. …, (2nd ed.; 2 vols., London, 1817), I, 61.

Passy, March 16, 1780.


I have just received the letter you have done me the honor to write to me,3 and shall immediately deliver the packet it recommends to my care. I will take the first opportunity of mentioning to Mr. Gerard what you hint, relative to our not entertaining strangers so frequently and liberally, as is the custom in France. But he has travelled in Europe, and knows that modes of nations differ. The French are convivial, live much at one another’s tables, and are glad to feast travellers. In Italy and Spain a stranger, however recommended, rarely dines at the house of any gentleman, but lives at his inn. The Americans hold a medium.

I have the honor to be, &c.

B. Franklin.

To C. Griffin, Esq.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3XXX, 421–2.

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