Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Joseph Mayo, 23 December 1783

From Joseph Mayo8

AL: American Philosophical Society

Hotel de Portugal. Decr. 23. 1783—

Mr. Mayo presents his most respectful Compliments to Dr. Franklin, and is very sorry that a late illness, of which he still feels the effects, will prevent his having the honor of dining with his Excellency on thursday next.—9

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin, Ministre / Plenipotentiare des Etats unis de l’a- / mérique— / à Passy—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8The former classmate of WTF’s who came to France in 1780 and had been traveling in Europe. BF gave him a passport in July, 1782, to go to Geneva, but he was back in Paris by the fall of 1783 at the latest: XXXII, 424n; XXXVI, 380; George Fox to WTF, Oct. 7, 1783 (APS).

9Dec. 25; see John Paul Jones to BF, Dec. 20.

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