Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Edmund Burke, 15 December 1781

To Edmund Burke

ALS: Sheffield Central Library; AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Dec. 15. 1781


I did myself the honour of writing to you about two Months since. I have not heard whether that Letter was receiv’d; and being told that a Packet Boat was lost about that time,1 I fear it miscarried, and therefore send a Copy.2 With great Respect, I am, Sir, Your most obedient and most humble Servant,

B. Franklin

Edmd. Burke Esqr

Endorsed: Dr. Franklin.

1A packet from Ostend carrying mail was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands (off Deal) and all aboard perished: London Courant, and Westminster Chronicle, Nov. 23, 1781.

2L’Air de Lamotte copied BF’s Oct. 15 letter (XXXV, 594) on the same sheet as this ALS.

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