Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Sir John Lambert, 17 August 1781

From Sir John Lambert9

AL: American Philosophical Society

Rue Richelieu 17 Augt. 1781.

Sir John Lambert presents his Respects to his Excellency Doctor Franklin and takes the Liberty to Send inclosed a Letter for Jh. Mayo Esqr.1 requesting his Excellency will be So Kind to have it delivered to that Gentleman if Known to his Excellency—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9An English baronet and Paris banker: XIX, 189n; XXX, 556n; XXXII, 45n.

1Joseph Mayo (d. 1785) was not the Craven Street jeweler of that name (XIV, 159n), but was from Henrico County, Virginia: Jefferson Papers, VIII, 342–6. He seems to have been a contemporary of WTF and George Fox, the latter describing him as “our old Classmate” in an Oct. 12, 1780, letter to WTF, which also mentioned that Mayo had come to Paris “upon account of a disordered Eye.” He was in Paris by Sept. 18, 1780, when he first wrote WTF, asking him to forward letters. On Oct. 3 he wrote to thank WTF for helping him look for lodgings and to accept his invitation for breakfast; in that letter he said that it would be necessary for him to see BF frequently. These three letters are at the APS.

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