Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Laurens, [on or after 18 March 1781]

From John Laurens

AL: American Philosophical Society

sunday. [on or after March 18, 1781]8

Lt. Col. Laurens presents his respectful Compliments to Doctor Franklin, requests the favor of him to spare him a few sheets of large fine paper.

Addressed: His Excelly / Benjamin Franklin / Esqr.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8The first Sunday after Laurens arrived in the Paris area on the evening of March 14: London Courant, and Westminster Chronicle, March 30, 1781. Among the letters written after his arrival is a dinner invitation to “Mr. Franklin” for the following Tuesday, dated only “Friday Evening.” It probably was sent to WTF as Laurens generally addressed BF as “Doctor.” Two undated letters were written by William Jackson, Laurens’ secretary. One, dated “Monday noon,” enclosed, for BF’s approval, a letter to Gen. Knox. The other asked for the loan of BF’s carriage as Jackson could not hire a carriage in Passy and wished to put a packet of important letters in the post office himself. All three of these letters are at the APS.

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