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To Benjamin Franklin from Richard Bache, 30 December 1782

From Richard Bache

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia Decr. 30th. 1782.

Dear & Hond: Sir

The Bearer of this, Mr. Benjamin Morris, is the youngest Son of your old Friend Mr. Samuel Morris, lately deceased;8 he visits Europe upon a plan of Business; I believe him to be a deserving young Man; as such, and from the regard I have for his Family Connections here, I beg leave to introduce him to your Friendship & Civilities,—I am ever Dear Sir Your affectionate Son

Rich: Bache

Dr. Franklin

Addressed: The Honble. / Dr. Benjamin Franklin / Minister Plenipoy: from the United / States of No: America / at / Passy / Favored by Mr. Morris

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Samuel Morris (II, 376n) died on March 31, 1782, and was interred in Quaker’s Burial Ground on Arch Street: Robert C. Moon, The Morris Family of Philadelphia … (3 vols., Philadelphia, 1898), I, 260. Benjamin (1760–1841) was in France by the following February, but was soon urged by his brother to return to the Charleston merchant house of Thomas Morris & Co. He would later serve in the Pa. legislature, own an iron mine and works, and sit as an associate judge of Berks County, Pa.: ibid., II, 441, 452–4.

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