Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from William Robertson, 4 August 1783

From William Robertson1

ALS: American Philosophical Society

College of Edinburgh Aug. 4th 1783


My eldest Son2 will have the honour of presenting this letter to Your Excellency. He has been educated to the profession of Law here, & during the vacation of the Courts of justice, purposes to make a rapid excursion to the Continent. As he will be two or three weeks at Paris, he is ambitious of being introduced to you, & of being able to tell his children that he had the honour of seeing a Man whose name they will often hear mentioned.

If you can trust the partial testimony of a Father, I flatter myself you will find him possessed of such information, & such dispositions as not to be altogether unworthy of your notice. Permit me to hope that it will not be unpleasant to you to allow me to take this opportunity of recalling myself to your remembrance, & of assuring you that notwithstanding the various events which have happened since our acquaintance first commenced that I have the honour to be with great respect & attachment Sir Your Excellencys most obedient & most humble Servant

William Robertson

1This is the last extant letter from the Scottish historian, identified in IX, 220n. His previous one was written in 1770: XVII, 48.

2William Robertson, Jr. (1753–1835), had been admitted as advocate in 1775. In 1805 he would be named a judge in the College of Justice of Scotland: DNB, under his father.

Index Entries