From Robert Melville3
AL: American Philosophical Society
Paris, Hotel d’Espagne Ruë de Guénégaud
22d. July 1783.
Lieut. General Melville presents his best respects to Doctor Franklin,—And, intending to set out, early in next week, from this place, for London, shall be very glad to receive, before Monday next, the letter which the Doctor mentioned his intention of Sending to Mr. Calder, by G. M. And any other letters or Commands which the Doctor may be pleased to honour him with.
The General has farther to beg that the Doctor will be pleased to present his respects to Mr. Adams, and to Mr. & Mrs. Jay, if still at Passy, and to tell them that he shall be glad to carry any letters or Commands of theirs—4
Notation: Melvell 22 July 1783.
3. Who carried a letter of introduction from John Calder when he left London in March: XXXIX, 326–7.
4. Melville sent a near duplicate of this letter on July 25, changing his estimated departure date from Monday to Tuesday and adding a final paragraph: “G. M. sent a former Note, par la petite Poste, but believing that the Direction was not proper, & that it may therefore not have reached, troubles the Doctor with this.” APS.