To Ralph Izard
Copy and two transcripts: National Archives; transcript:2 South Carolina Historical Society
Passy April 4th. 1778.
If I continue well and nothing extraordinary happens to prevent it, you shall have the Letter you so earnestly desire sometime next week. I am Sir Your most obedient humble Servant
(Signed) B. Franklin
Honble Mr. Izard.
2. The copy and transcripts presumably came from Izard’s file of the correspondence (which has since disappeared) for they all include a note by him: “N.B. I informed myself from time to time of Dr. Franklins health which was always good; and after having waited three weeks without hearing from him, I wrote him the following letter R.I.” That letter was his below of April 25.