From William Temple Franklin
Philadelphia, 26th. March 1786.
Mr. Mumford the Bearer of this, being very ambitious of paying his Respects to your Excellency in his Way through Paris, From a very sincere Regard for him, and a persuasion that you will not take it amiss, I have given him this Letter. He formerly lived in our house at Passy, and acted as Assistant Secretary in the Office; But having since turn’d his Views to Commerce, he is now connected with a Merchant in your State, and sails thence as supercargo of a Vessel laden with Tobacco and bound to Bordeaux. I beg leave to recommend him to those Civilities and Attentions you have a Pleasure in affording to your deserving Countrymen.
With sincere Esteem & Affection, I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant,
P.S. My best Compliments to the Gentlemen in your Family.
RC (DLC: Franklin Papers); endorsed by TJ with his left hand and therefore received after 18 Sep. 1786. Not recorded in SJL. Mr. Mumford: Gurdon S. Mumford of Connecticut (David Mumford to Benjamin Franklin, Hartford, 13 Mch. 1781, thanking him for admitting his son into his family; Jonathan Williams, Jr. to William Temple Franklin, Nantes, 5 Jan. 1782, making arrangements for taking Gurdon S. Mumford into his counting house; PPAP).