Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Wheelock, 17 July 1783

From John Wheelock

ALS: American Philosophical Society

St James’ Street No. 40 London 17 July 1783


I wrote to your Excellency from the Hague, requesting a letter to Dr Price, & the favor to be informed, whether any thing had appeared in the circle of your acquaintance conducive to the furtherance of the Object of my attention.4 But likely my letter has not reached you, as I have heard nothing since.

I beg, Sir, the honor to be informed whether or no, in your opinion, any thing can be done to effect in any part of His Christian Majestys dominions— A compliance, so soon as you might think it convenient, would be very obliging, as we shall not stay long in this country, unless something should turn up more favorable to success than now appears.5

I am with the greatest respect, Sir, your Excellencys most obedient & very humble servant

Jn Wheelock

Addressed: His Excellency / Benjamin Franklin LLD / Minister plenipotentiary &c / Passey / near Paris

Notation: Wheelock 17 July 1783.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The letter is above, June 12.

5The brothers sailed for America on Oct. 20 aboard the Peace and Plenty, which ran aground off Cape Cod on Jan. 2, 1784. No lives were lost, but Wheelock lost a strongbox containing all his papers and donations for the college: Leon B. Richardson, History of Dartmouth College (2 vols., Hanover, N.H., 1932), I, 207–8; Dick Hoefnagel, “Benjamin Franklin and the Wheelocks,” Dartmouth College Library Bulletin, new ser., XXXI (1990), 24–5.

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