Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Philip Mazzei, [11] March 1783

To Philip Mazzei

Transcript:4 American Philosophical Society

March [11],5 1783

According to Mr Mazzei’s Request, Dr. Franklin has the honour to inform him that there is no Court at Versailles on Tuesday next, consequently that he shall not be there.—6

Dr. Franklin desires the honour of Mr & Mrs Mazzei’s7 Company at Dinner on Wednesday the 12th Inst.—at ½ pst 2

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Made in 1952 from a private collection in Geneva.

5Mazzei wrote in his autobiography that this note invited him to dine the following day: Philip Mazzei, My Life and Wanderings, trans. S. Eugene Scalia, ed. Margherita Marchione (Morristown, N.J., 1980), p. 271.

6BF had agreed to present Mazzei at court. When he did so the following Tuesday, he was surprised to learn that Mazzei had already been introduced to Vergennes: Mazzei, My Life and Wanderings, pp. 270–1, 305.

7Marie Hautefeuille Martin Mazzei had already left Paris: Mazzei, My Life and Wanderings, pp. 19, 410, 429.

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