Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Newenham, 1 February 1781

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

Thomas Newenham

Addressed: To / His Excellency Ben: Francklin / Minister plenipotry: / from the United States of / America / Paris

Notation: Newenham Feby. 1. 1781.7

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Sir 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.

6Although 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.

7Also 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.”

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