Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Adams, 28 August 1781

To John Adams

ALS: Massachusetts Historical Society

Passy, Augt. 28. 1781


The Bearer, Mr Harrison, is a young Gentleman of good Fortune & Character, a Native of Philadelphia, and extremely well recommended to me by Persons of Distinction there.1 I beg leave to introduce him to your Excellency & to request for him your Protection and Counsels. He will explain to you his Views in going to Holland, where he purposes to reside some time.—2 Your Civilities to him will be esteem’d as so many favours to, Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble Servant

B Franklin

His Excelly. J. Adams, Esqr

1Robert Morris had introduced George Harrison on June 22, above. When he came to France, Harrison brought WTF a June 23 letter from Joseph M. Fox, for whom see Anne H. Cresson, “Biographical Sketch of Joseph Fox, Esq. of Philadelphia,” PMHB, XXXII (1908), 196. It asked WTF to forward a letter to Fox’s brother George (XXXII, 313n) and reported WF to be in perfect health. APS.

2He was still in Amsterdam in November: George Fox to WTF, Nov. 18, 1781 (APS).

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