Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from William Vernon, Sr., 3 April 1779

From William Vernon, Sr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Boston 3d. April 1779


Permit me Sir. to duplicate my Letter of the 7th. Decr. last,5 by the Continental Frigate, Alliance Capt. Landais, who Sail’d from hence the 14th Jany. being appointed by the Honable Congress, to carry over the Marquis de la Fayette, who I hope you have long since had the Pleasure of seeing?

Inclosed is a second Letter from Govr. Greene.6 I made him a Visit, not long since, at his Seat at Warwick, where I had the pleasure of seeing, your Sister Mrs Mecom, in perfect health, gay as the Young Ladies, with whom she was incircled.7 The air, situation diet, and every thing that is agreeable, is to be found at Govr. Greenes Seat? Can you wonder Sir that old Age is renued & Health abounds, I began to feel my self at Twenty five, until disappointed upon mounting my Horse, perceived the want of a horse block.

The good Family wish to Eat hasty Pudding with you at Warwick?

I am with perfect esteem Your Excellency, Most devoted Hble Servt.

Wm Vernon

His Excellency Benjamin Franklin Esqr.

Notation: Vernon Wm. 7 Xbre. 1778.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5In that letter the member of the Eastern Navy Board had introduced his son, William Vernon, Jr. (for whom see below, May 12): XXVIII, 204–5. The present letter follows on the same sheet of paper the duplicate of the earlier one.

6Possibly another copy of Greene’s Dec. 10 letter: XXVIII, 216–18.

7See her letter of June 23, below.

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