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Your favour of the 24 was brought to me last night. It is true that I am not quite recovered of my Illness, I have Weaknesses and a Lameness that is new to me. Ill Health is no Novelty to me, but Disobedience in my Legs and Feet, was unknown to me, untill I had the late Fever. I walk, however every day and find that I grow better, though but slowly. Laurens has most certainly an honest soul. I...
I recieved the Letter with which You honored me yesterday. Mr. Barclay’s Office gives him full Authority in the Affair of the Goods, and his Abilities and Experience enable him to do every thing that can be done: so that I shall with great pleasure leave the whole affair to him, ready however at all times to render him any service in my power. It gives me great pleasure to learn that the...
Your two favours of Decr 3 and that of December 14, are before me. Mr Barclay is arrived, to my great Relief: His office and Character as well as your Recommendations entitle him to every Respect and Civility from me. You favour from L’orient I answered, and transmitted under Cover to Mr Cummings, Some Dispatches from Gover Read. I condole with you, under the Loss of Mrs Searle: But Such is...
It is very long since we have had the pleasure of hearing from you. Before this you will probably have received two Letters of mine and a duplicate of the last goes with this. Nothing material has happened since the date of that, except the Evacuation of Wilmington, which was, as you know, a very important port, as it checked the trade of North Carolina, and kept up a dangerous connection with...
I have not yet been made certain, that you comprehend that Cypher which I used in my Letters to you, and which will yet awhile be used. You are to form Alphabets equal in number and of the same commencement and Range, as the Letters of the first sixth part of the family Name where you and I supped last with Mrs. Adams, and you are to look alternately into those constructed Alphabets opposite...
AL : American Philosophical Society Involvement with Franco-American commerce is the theme of many of the letters sent to Franklin during the period covered by this volume. A number of Frenchmen apply for the post of consul, a position that Franklin was not yet allowed to grant, as he kept repeating, while imploring Congress to send someone to relieve him of that responsibility. The letter...
AL : American Philosophical Society Mr. Searle’s respectfull compliments to Dor. Franklin— Mr. S begs leave to remind the Doctor of his kind promise of an introductory line to the Marquis de Castres which the Dor. will be so kind as to send to Mr. S. at the first leisure as Mr. S wishes to make the application he informed the Doctor off. Mr. Searle woud have paid his Duty to the Doctor in...
I have been honored with yours of the 15th and shall act conformably. I shall aid colonel Pickering in any measure he may think necessary for the further security of the boats. Repeated and pointed orders have been given for their preservation, and directions sent to have them carefully laid up, before I left Peeks-kill. On the night of the 23d instant captain Williams of the New York levies...
A Colonel Connelly was under your Excellencys parole and has left Virginia with out your permission. I have thought it necessary to send the inclosed for your inspection-- Connelly is now in this City. I have the honor to be Dr sir with the greatest esteem your most Obedient servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
It is with the greatest mortification I am to acquaint your Excellency of the accident happnd on the Night of the 22 instant, by a fire brocke out at the Palace, where the General Hospital was Keept, and the whole Building was consumed, lukely, the sick & wounded were saved—but One—who perished by the flames—it is generaly thought the fire was laid in to the lower Rooms, where no sick were, by...