Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Robert R. Livingston, 6 December 1782

From Robert R. Livingston9

AL (draft): New-York Historical Society

Philadelphia 6th. Decr 1782


The College of Dartmouth in New Hampshire having suffered materialy in its funds since the war by the loss of those contributions which it till then recd. from England—Docr. Wheelock son of the worthy first founder proposes to solicit a subscription in France & Holland for its support— He flatters himself that the charity of an institution whose chief object is to christianize the Savages & the success which has hitherto attended it will recommend it to the liberal in Europe who are sufficeintly Citizens of the world to attend to the morals or religion of the natives of America. I wish his expectation may be answered— And have at his request furnish’d him with the letter of induction to you— He hopes for much from your favour & patronage— I have the honor &c:

Dr Letter to Docr Franklin introducing Docr Wheelock 6th. Decr 1782

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9For background on this letter of introduction for John Wheelock see the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College to BF, Sept. 24. Wheelock procured from La Luzerne, also in Philadelphia, a letter of introduction to Vergennes: [John Wheelock], Sketches of the History of Dartmouth College … ([Newburyport, Mass., 1815]), p. 28.

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