Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from William Henly, [1772?]

From William Henly

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania



I think myself exceedingly obliged to you for your intended favour of a Visit some Evening, but hope you will so far oblige me as to give me previous notice by a Line, when I shall with a high pleasure accommodate my time to your convenience. I am with the utmost Respect Sir your obedient and Humble Servant

W Henly

To Dr. Franklin

Addressed: To / Dr. Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7This was the year when BF was most closely associated with Henly, who was giving experimental support to the Purfleet committee’s conclusions; see the headnote on the committee’s report above, Aug. 21. Henly’s first sentence is presumably acknowledgment of some written word from BF, perhaps a delayed answer to the letter from Henly above that we conjecturally assign to June 17. In that case this note was after BF returned to town in mid-July, which was the first time he could have received and responded to that letter.

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