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To Benjamin Franklin from William Hodgson, 20 June 1782

From William Hodgson

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Coleman St. 20 June 1782

Dear Sir

At the Instance of a very worthy Friend, I take the liberty of introducing to your Notice, Mr Robt. Milligan, of Cecil County in Maryland; a young Gentleman, I am assured, of great worth & Character, who has been for some years studying the Law in this Country, & now designs to visit Paris on his return to America.9

From this discription, I am confident, he will stand in need of no Recommendation, to entitle him to your Civilities, permit me however, on this occasion, to assure you, I shall consider myself, much obliged, by the Attentions, you may be pleased to show him, as it puts me in the agreable Situation, of doing a Civility, to a Man, I much esteem. I am with the greatest Respect Dear sir Your most Obedt Hble servant

William Hodgson

To His Excellency Benjn. Franklin Esqr Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States of America at the Court of France

Addressed: To / His Excellency Benjn. Franklin Esqr / Minister Plenipotentiary from the / United States of America at / the Court of France

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Milligan (1754–1806) probably came to England in the summer of 1779. By 1786, he was practicing law in Philadelphia: XXX, 621–2; Harold C. Syrett et al., eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (27 vols., New York, 1961–87), III, 647n; J. Hall Pleasants, ed., “Letters of Molly and Hetty Tilghman …,” Md. Hist. Mag., XXI (1926), 238n.

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