From Edward Bridgen
ALS: American Philosophical Society
May 11 4
As this will be delivered into your own hands by the bearer who is going to reside at Versailles I beg leave my Dr: Sir if she should have at any time occasion for your countenance I beg the favour that you will grant it her but I hope she will not want it. I wish Sir to know if there is any prospect of proceeding on the Copper Coin.5
May I also beg the favour of your Interest and Attention to Mr Parkers request he is a very honest Man but distressed on Acct: of laying out of his Property and his being a steady Friend I should hope would reccommend him to have his property restored May Health, Happiness and every good Attend you and Yours is the Sincere wish of Dr: Sir: Your faithful & Affect:
Mr. Parkers papers are inclosed to Dr Bancroft
4. The most plausible year, based on the three elements mentioned in this letter. In May, 1783, Bridgen was awaiting Congress’ response to his proposal to supply America with copper coinage; British citizens were agitating to have their property in America restored; and Edward Bancroft (who is named in the postscript) was still in Paris. Bancroft left France in June, 1783, for a trip to America, and did not return until the following July: Bancroft to BF, June 20, 1783 (APS); Conn. Jour., Oct. 8, 1783; Morris Papers, IX, 469.
5. For Bridgen’s proposal, which the American commissioners sent to Livingston in December, 1782, see XXXVIII, 481–2.