From Thomas Newenham5
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Brussells Febry. 1st 1781
The Books which your Excellency will receve from the bearer were deliver’d to me by My Uncle Sr Edward Newenham. I have also a letter from that Gentleman to your Excellency6 which (as it contains little more than an introduction) I mean to deliver in person to your Excellcy: when I do myself the honour of waiting on you.
I am Sir with the greatest Respect your Excellcy: most obedient St
Addressed: To / His Excellency Ben: Francklin / Minister plenipotry: / from the United States of / America / Paris
Notation: Newenham Feby. 1. 1781.7
5. Sir Edward Newenham’s nephew (1762–1831). He was the author of several publications on Ireland and was a staunch opponent of the Act of Union. After 1800 he lived principally in England. DNB.
6. Although Sir Edward recommended two of his nephews on March 2, below, that letter did contain more than a simple introduction. We assume the one he mentions here is missing.
7. Also written on the address sheet, at a later date, is the phrase “Lauriolle Rue St martins vis avis La Rue obrile Bouche Ches mr Macheurint.”