To Nathaniel Falconer
ALS: American Philosophical Society; transcript: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Passy, July 28. 1783.
I received your Favour of the 18th. Capt. Barney brought us the Dispatches we so long expected. Mr Deane as you observe is lost: Dr Bancroft is I believe steady to the Interest of his Country, and will make an agreable Passenger if you can take him. You desire to know something of the State of Affairs here. Every thing goes well with respect to this Court & the other Friendly Powers. What England is doing, or means to do; or why the Definitive Treaty is so long delay’d, I know perhaps less than you do; as, being in that Country, you may have Opportunities of hearing more than I can. For my self, I am at present as hearty & well as I have been these many Years; and as happy as a Man can be where every body strives to make him so. The French are an amiable People to live with: They love me, & I love them. Yet I do not feel my self at home, & I wish to die in my own Country.— Barney will sail this Week with our Dispatches. A good Voyage to you, my Friend; and may God ever bless you.
Addressed: To / Captain Nathl. Falconer / at the Pensilvania Coffeehouse / Birchin Lane / London
Endorsed: Benja Franklin Passy 28 July 1783