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To Benjamin Franklin from David Hartley, 20 April 1779

From David Hartley

ALS: American Philosophical Society; transcript: Library of Congress

London April 20 1779

My Dear Sir

I hope you have heard of your prisoners (viz the first cargo) before this time.7 I am impatient to receive your answer to some of my late letters to you. You know the Object wch constantly possesses my mind. I wish to bring some material points to issue, upon terms of certainty and Confidence. Parliament will probably sit for some time yet, and while parliament continues sitting I consider the measures of the year as not yet out of our reach.8 I shall probably have occasion to write to you again soon. I like to be sure of the ground that I stand upon before any measure of consequence is taken but not to lose opportunities. Opportunity shd be seized by the forelock. You will hear from me again soon—Your affecte

DH.

Addressed: To Dr Franklin

Notation: D.H. April 20. 1779.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7For the arrival of the cartel see JW’s letter of April 1.

8Parliament sat until July 3, when it was prorogued until Aug. 5; it was then further suspended until Nov. 25: Cobbett, Parliamentary History, XX (1778–80), 1018–20.

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