Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Philip Mazzei, [2 March 1783]

To Philip Mazzei8

AL: American Philosophical Society

Passy, Sunday [March 2, 1783]9

Mr Franklin presents his Compliments to M. Mazzei and acquaints him that some unforeseen Business will prevent his being at Versailles on Tuesday;1 He thinks too that there will be no Court, it being Mardi-gras.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Who arrived in Paris around the beginning of February and spent most of the year in France. He returned to Virginia at the beginning of December: Margherita Marchione et al., eds., Philip Mazzei: Selected Writings and Correspondence (3 vols., Prato, Italy, 1983), I, 394, 410–11.

9The Sunday before Ash Wednesday (which marks the end of Mardi Gras) in 1783: Almanach royal for 1783, p. 5.

1For the weekly royal audience for ambassadors.

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