Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Francis Dana, 29 December 1780

From Francis Dana

ALS: American Philosophical Society; copy:8 Massachusetts Historical Society

Paris Decr: 29th. 1780 Hotel Valois, Rue Richelieu

I have the honor to acquaint your Excellency I arrived in Town the last evening, and shou’d have waited upon you in person this morning, but I am at present a little indisposed by the sick-headach. I have two letters for your Excellency, one from Mr. Adams, and the other, I believe, from Mr: Dumas.9 I shall not put them into the office without your direction. You will find them of an old date, as I left Amsterdam the first of this month.

I hope you are now relieved from your late troublesome visitor, the gout, and are in good health. I shall not fail to do myself the honor of waiting upon your Excellency as soon as I am relieved from my present Indisposition.

I am with much esteem and respect Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble Servant

F M Dana

P.S. I beg you to present my regards to Mr: Franklin—

His Excellency Benjamin Franklin Esqr:

Notation: Dana Francis Paris Decr 29. 1780

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8In Dana’s hand.

9Probably the former is JA’s letter of Nov. 30 that we print as (I) and the latter is Dumas’ of Dec. 1, above.

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