From John Jebb8
ALS: American Philosophical Society
15 Aug. 1783
Mr. Baynes9 the bearer of this Letter has conceived that I am honoured with a share of your confidence & friendship—& has sollicited from me an introduction to you. I am at a distance from him—and if I were to assure him that I had only the pleasure of being twice in company with you when in England, he might imagine that I underrated the nature of my acquaintance in order to avoid performing an act of friendship which his virtuous attachment to the cause of freedom, & long acquaintance with me intitle him to expect. If you will excuse this act of presumption in me, you will receive him as a young man of excellent principles—modest in his deportment—& a sincere admirer of your character & virtues—
I am with great respect your obedt. Servant
Addressed: To / His Excellency / Benjamin Franklin / at Paris.
Notation: Jebb Mr. John 15 Août 1783.
8. The English radical and supporter of the American cause: XXXII, 380n; XXXIII, 409–13.
9. Baynes had been one of Jebb’s pupils at Cambridge. He delivered this letter on Aug. 27; see Extracts of John Baynes’s Journal, Aug. 27–Sept. 15, below.