Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Samuel Potts, 13 September 1780

From Samuel Potts7

AL: American Philosophical Society

Hotel De Tours sept. 13. 1780

Mr. Potts and party present their Compls. to Dr. and Mr. Franklyn, request the favour of their company at dinner next Friday at ½ Past Two, oClock.8

Addressed: Benj. Franklyn Esqr / at / Passy

Notation: M. Potts. Sept. 13. 1780.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Comptroller general of the Inland Office of the British post office. BF had known him in England, and Potts had supplied WF and the New York printer James Parker with London newspapers: X, 149n; XII, 427n; XIV, 92, 186–7n, 220, 238.

8The next Friday was Sept. 15. On Sept. 14, BF provided a passport to assist Potts, his wife, his relations Mr. Hindley and Mr. J. Potts, and three servants in their safe return to England. A copy (or retained draft), in WTF’s hand with interlineations by BF, is at the APS.

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