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To Benjamin Franklin from Francis Hopkinson, 10 July 1780

From Francis Hopkinson

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philada. July 10th. 1780

My dear Friend.

I did myself the Pleasure of writing to you pr. Mr. Carmichael;9 since which, I have not heard from you in Return, but flatter myself there may be a Letter on the Way. Come when it may, it will be truly acceptable.— Since your Departure my chief Pleasure is in conversing with Mr. Rittenhouse on Philosophical Subjects. This Gratification, however, I but seldom enjoy. Both he & myself are so closely engaged in public Business as to leave little Time for those agreeable Enquiries.— He is certainly a very able, friendly & communicative Philosopher— He is an Honour to his Country as a Man & as a Man of Science—I am sure you will join me in this Opinion.— As to Politics & News I trouble you not with them—you have enough on those Subjects from all Quarters.— I only say we [torn: go?] on—ever keeping in View the main & ultimate [torn: object?] vizt. Liberty & Independence to the rising Generation— But I will not enter into so large a Field. I only wish the Continuance of your Friendship & Esteem, which I shall always endeavour to deserve.

Being my dear Sir with all affection & Regard.— Your Friend & humble servt

Fras Hopkinson

Honble Dr. Franklin

Addressed: Honourable / Dr. Franklin / favourd by Hon[le.] Mr. Searle

Endorsed: F. Hopkinson Letter of Friendship

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9William Carmichael, who sailed from Philadelphia on the Confederacy on Oct. 26, 1779, probably carried Hopkinson’s Sept. 5 letter (XXX, 298–300). Eleven days before the ship sailed, however, Hopkinson did give Carmichael funds to purchase any new “Phylosophical Machines” for him: XXX, 299n.

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