Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John and Sarah Jay, 9 October 1782

To John and Sarah Jay

L:9 Columbia University Library

Passy 9. Oct. 1782.

Dr. Franklin regrets exceedingly that his Health does not permit him the honour & Pleasure of waiting upon Mr. & Mrs. Jay, according to their obliging Invitation.— He hopes Mr. & Mrs. Jay will condescend to indemnify him for the Loss he sustains, by honouring him with their Company at Dinner on Saturday next.—1 The Dr. would be happy to see Mr. Murowe2 at the same time.

Endorsed: From Doctr Franklin 9 Octr. 1782

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9In the hand of WTF.

1Oct. 12. Jay’s diary records that Sir Edward Newenham, his wife, their eldest son, and two of their daughters also attended the dinner: Morris, Jay: Peace, p. 447. Newenham’s journal mentioned that Lafayette was there; he described it as “a plain but good Dinner, dressed a la mode de Anglais,” with “various and Delicious” wines. That day BF showed Newenham his electrical apparatus, and the Newenhams and Jays stayed for a 9 p.m. supper: Dixon Wecter, “Benjamin Franklin and an Irish ‘Enthusiast’,” Huntington Library Quarterly, IV (1940–41), 216.

2John’s nephew, Peter Jay Munro: XXX, 555–6n; XXXVII, 288.

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