Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Daniel Lathrop Coit, 14 January 1784

To Daniel Lathrop Coit9

Printed invitation with MS insertions:1 Johns Hopkins University Library

[January 14, 1784]

Dr. Franklin requests the honour of Mr. Coit’s Company at Dinner on Sunday the 18. Inst

The favour of an Answer is desired.

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Coit. chez / Mr. Carter2 / Hotel d’Angleterre / Rue des Filles St Thomas.

Endorsed: Doctr. Franklin’s Billet to Dine

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Daniel Lathrop Coit (1754–1833), a merchant of Norwich, Conn., sailed to England in May, 1783, and went to Paris at the end of October. He witnessed the Dec. 1 manned balloon ascension (which he described in a letter published in the Norwich Packet, Feb. 26, 1784) and the Dec. 14 illuminations in honor of the peace. While in Paris he also met Lafayette. What survives of his diary of the trip does not extend beyond December: William C. Gilman, A Memoir of Daniel Lathrop Coit of Norwich, Connecticut, 1754–1833 (Norwich, Conn., 1907), pp. 6–25, 67; Daniel Lathrop Coit, “Diary of a trip to Europe,” Conn. Hist. Soc.

1L’Air de Lamotte filled in the invitation and WTF supplied the address. An earlier example of this invitation is illustrated in XXXIX, facing p. 409.

2John Carter (John Barker Church): XXXVIII, 546n; XL, 264n.

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