Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Ernst Frederik von Walterstorff, 13 April 1783

From Ernst Frederik von Walterstorff3

AL: American Philosophical Society

Sunday morning April 13th [1783]

Mr. de Walterstorff is very sorry he cannot have the honour of dining to-day with Dr. Franklin, owing to his being previously engaged; but will have the pleasure of waiting on Dr. Franklin sometime this forenoon, if possibly he can.4

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Walterstorff (1755–1820), currently chamberlain of the king of Denmark, had met BF during a visit to Paris in 1782: BF to Livingston, April 15, below. His long career involved service in both Europe and the Danish West Indies. He was appointed a high court judge in St. Croix in 1780, and was named vice-governor of the island in 1785. He went on to serve as Danish minister in Stockholm (1797), London (1801), Paris (1810), and The Hague (1815): Dansk Biografisk Leksikon (16 vols., Copenhagen, 1979–84); Repertorium der diplomatischen Vertreter, III, 45, 46, 50, 55.

4Walterstorff bore news from the Danish court that the king wanted to conclude a treaty of amity and commerce with the United States; see BF’s April 15 letters to Livingston and Rosencrone.

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