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From Benjamin Franklin to James Hutton, 23 June 1778

To James Hutton

AL (draft):3 Library of Congress

Passy. June 23. 1778.

My dear old Friend has here the Paper he desir’d.4 We have had a marble Monument made at Paris for the brave General Montgomery, which is gone to America.5 If it should fall into the Hands of any of your Cruizers I expect you will exert yourself to get it restor’d to us, because I know the generosity of your Temper, which likes to do handsome Things, as well as to make Returns. You see we are unwilling to rob the Hospital, we hope your People will be found as averse to pillaging the Dead. Adieu. Yours

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3WTF has filled in the signature.

4The safe conduct above, June 22, for the sloop Good Intent.

5Above, XXII, 376 n; XXIII, 522 n; XXIV, 160 n, 161 n, 491 n. John Holker, Jean’s father and a businessman in Rouen (Above, XXIV, 357 n), took charge of getting the monument from Paris to that city, at a cost of 184.11 l.t.: WTF’s accounts (above, XXIII, 19), entry of May 11.

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