From John Smith9
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Burlington, 11th mo: 2d. 1764
It is with great pleasure, I hear of thy undertaking a voyage to London, at a time, when not only the province which has deputed thee, but all North America, wants a friend there (and could have no other that I know of) so well qualifyed to serve both the particular and General Interest. May the Divine Blessing attend thy person and Benevolent designs, and Grant thee a safe return to thy family and country, is the fervent Wish of, Thy very Affectionate Friend
Dr. Benja. Franklin
Endorsed: John Smith Esqr Letter, Nov. 2. 1764
9. For John Smith, a son-in-law of James Logan, a merchant in Philadelphia and Burlington, N.J., an associate of BF’s in the Pa. Hospital, the Assembly, and the Loganian Library, see above, III, 240–3 n; V, 290–330 passim, 423 n. See also Frederick B. Tolles, “A Literary Quaker: John Smith of Burlington and Philadelphia,” PMHB, LXV (1941), 300–33.