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To Benjamin Franklin from Samuel Wharton, 3 March 1778

From Samuel Wharton8

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London March 3 1778

Dear Sir

By the Bearer Captain All, I have sent you and Mr. Dean the parliamentary Register, The Remembrancer, News Papers &c., And I beg leave to mention to you, (As Captain All desires it, And as I can, with great Truth do it) That his Duty to his Employer has obliged Him to stay much longer here, Than was agreable to Him;9 But That he has steadily maintained, and upon all Occasions declared, Sentiments worthy of an American, Who knew, and reverenced the Rights of Freedom. With the most earnest Wishes for a Continuance of your Health, I am, dear Sir, Your affectionate humble Servant

S Wharton

I beg my Regards to your Nephew.
Dr. Franklin.

Notation: S. Wharton March 3. 1778

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8This is the first surviving letter signed by Wharton since April 17, 1775. Subsequent notes and letters had either no signature or the alias “W.S.” Above, XXII, 23–5, 307; XXIII, 61–6, 202–5; XXV, 179–80, 404, 665.

9Isaac All and his ship had been stranded in the Thames: above, XXIV, 531 n. Deane selected him and three other captains to pilot d’Estaing’s squadron, which sailed from Toulon in April: Deane Papers, III, 184; V, 313.

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