Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Coakley Lettsom, 15 July 1783

From John Coakley Lettsom

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London July 15. 1783

Esteemed Friend

John Lister,3 a respectable Friend (Quaker) has just informed me that he sets off for Paris tomorrow; and I embrace the opportunity of acknowledging the favour of thy Letter, inclosing one of Dr. Fothergills herein returned,4 tho’ I regret that I have not time by his sudden departure, of writing more fully in answer to thine.

My Friend Lister will spend about a week in Paris, & will convey any thing for England thou may wish to entrust him with. He is kind enough to take my Acct. of Dr. Fothergill; the use I have made of thy Letter, will, I hope meet with thy approbation, as well as my political ideas.5

I am respectfully

J. C. Lettsom

Addressed: Benjamin Franklin / at Passey / near Paris

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Possibly the former watchmaker, who was now a wine merchant in Lothbury: ODNB, under Joseph Jackson Lister; Bailey’s Western and Midland Directory … For the Year 1783 (Birmingham, 1783), p. 97.

4XXXIX, 294–5.

5Some Account of the Late John Fothergill … had just been published: XXXIX, 294n.

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