From Richard Bennett Lloyd
ALS: American Philosophical Society
London 10th. March 1780
I have had the honour of your two favours dated the 3d. and 26th of last month—5 I beg you will accept my most sincere thanks for them and be assured I shall ever have a grateful sense of the trouble I have given you—. The Affair which I wish to communicate, is as follows— An American some time ago informed me that he thought it probable that among other complaints your Enemies mean to lay against you is that a Mr. Alexander (said to be an enemy to America) was frequently passing from Paris to London— and that you was upon such a close intimacy with that Gentleman as to give great room for suspicion—6 I am well convinced of the paltriness of this accusation, shd. it ever be made, and I pity the Person whoever he may be— However I think it but right you should know the above. I propose to leave England some time in April and shall be glad to hear you have received this safe—7 Mrs. Lloyd unites with me in best complts. To yourself & your Grandson— Believe me to be, Dear Sir, with the greatest esteem your obliged obt. humble Servant
Richard Btt. Lloyd
Be pleased to make my complts. to Mr. Adams. I wrote to him some months ago,8 which Letter Mr. Grand promised to deliver—.
Addressed: The Honorable / Benjamin Franklin / &c. &c. &c. / Passy
Notation: LLoyd Richard B. London 10. March 1780.
5. XXXI, 441–2, 552.
6. Arthur Lee made accusations of this nature to James Lovell on Jan. 5, 1780 (National Archives), and President of Congress Samuel Huntington on the following Dec. 7 (Wharton, Diplomatic Correspondence, IV, 184); he criticized William Alexander more obliquely to JA: Adams Papers, VIII, 169. Unknown to BF, his friend Alexander in fact did receive money from the British government: XXVI, 189n.
7. This is the last extant communication between BF and Lloyd. On April 7 he wrote WTF that he and his family planned to embark for America in early May; his next two extant letters to WTF, dated Oct. 10, 1781, and July 15, 1782, were written from Annapolis. All three are at the APS.
8. Adams Papers, VIII, 306.