To Samuel Hardy, James Madison, and James Monroe
Paris July 5. 1785.
The bearer hereof, Mr. Franklin, being about to return to America, I take the liberty of presenting him to your acquaintance. Your esteem for the character of his grandfather would have procured him a favourable reception with you: and it cannot but increase your desire to know him, when you shall be assured that his worth and qualifications give him a personal claim to it. I have taken the liberty of […]1 your friendship myself, and am persuaded you will both be obliged to me for bringing you together, when you shall have had time to become known to each other. I beg you to be assured of the sincerity of my esteem, and of the respect with which I have the honour to be Dr. Sir Your friend & servant
RC (NhExP: photocopy); unaddressed, but presumably one of three identical letters recorded in the 4 July 1785 SJL entry calendared in Vol. 8: 259; text obscured at crease (see note 1 below).
1. Estimated four or five words illegible.