Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Richard Neave & Son, 12 April 1781

To Richard Neave & Son

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, April 12. 1781.


I received a few Days since your Letter dated Bornier March 26. and am sorry to hear of your Difficulties. Mr. Wharton sail’d in the Ariel the 18th. of December last; we have yet no Account of his Arrival. I do not see any Reason to imagine that any Circumstance of the Peace when it is made, or any Laws to be made in America are likely to deprive you of your just right there. In the mean time I think ’tis a pity you are not there, or at least one of you to take care of them. I am persuaded you would find no Difficulty in recovering Debts from Mr. Carson or others able to pay.— I know of no body here that Wants Money in America; and who would be willing to purchase Bills on that Country. I hope you will soon have a satisfactory Account of the Arrival of M. Wharton and receive from him the assistance you have so much Reason to expect. I am, with Great Esteem, Gentlemen, &c5

Messrs. Richard Neave & Son.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5WTF wrote to Neave and his son on April 17, enclosing a letter for them “which has been laying on my Grandfathers Desk for some time past.” He offers to forward their letters to America, and urges sending at least three copies of everything. Library of Congress.

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