Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Samuel Courtauld II, 16 September 1782

From Samuel Courtauld II

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Paris 16 sepr. 1782


I always flatter’d myself that the recommendations I had the honor to deliver you on my Arrival here, were such, as might have secur’d me your Confidence,5 but am sorry to find they seem to have produc’d the Contrary Effect— I am totally Ignorant of the cause, being confident I have acted with Propriety:

Least you shou’d be tempted to think I might make an ungenerous use of the kind letter of Introduction you gave me for Mr. Franklyn your Son in Law6 I here take the liberty of Returning it:

I have the honor to be Sir Your most Obedient & most humble Servt.

Saml. Courtauld

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5For Courtauld and the letters he brought BF from Richard Price and Benjamin Vaughan in early 1782 see XXXVI, 406n.

6He must mean RB. The letter has not been found, but Courtauld, who earlier signed an oath of allegiance to the United States and received a passport from BF, did eventually immigrate to Philadelphia, where he became a merchant and married Sarah Norris Wharton: XXXVI, 406n; XXXVII, 132n; Anne H. Wharton, “The Wharton Family,” PMHB, II (1878), 211.

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