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To Benjamin Franklin from Robert Morris, 30 May 1783

From Robert Morris

LS: American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia 30th. May 1783.

Dear Sir

I have received your private Letter of the twenty third of December.8 When I informed you of what was said by your Enemies9 I did not mean to insinuate any Doubt of your Exertions in my own mind. With Respect to your Resignation1 I personally lament it, and more so on the Part of the United States. But I shall readily agree that you will more consult your own Ease and Happiness by abandoning public Life and it will be almost impossible to add to your Reputation. I cannot however take a Part in procuring your Dismission for this would be an Injury to the Public. In whatever Situation and Character Believe me always with sincere Esteem & Respect Your Most Obedient & humble Servant

Robt Morris

His Excellency Benjamin Franklin Esqr.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Not found. BF wrote an official letter to Morris on that date (XXXVIII, 487–9) dealing with subjects other than the one discussed here.

9On Sept. 28, 1782: XXXVIII, 155.

1Which BF requested in December: XXXVIII, 416–17.

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