Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Parker, 14 May 1768

From James Parker

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Newyork. May 14, 1768

Honoured Sir

As I have little agreeable to say, and your Time must be much better employ’d than in reading any Thing I can say, I shall the less intrude on you.

I imagined you would be on the Return before this: but I heard there was not that Expectation, I wrote you a few Days ago per Capt. Miller. My Son is about embarking, and perhaps may sail before this for London: I durst not recommend him to any of your Regard. He must meet in the wide World such Fortune, as please Divine Providence to send him. Whether he will even wait on you or not, I can’t say:1 I wish he may find better Prospects then ever he experienced at my Hands.

If I had any Thing pleasing to write, I would add more, but lest I may give you Trouble rather I have only to add humble Respects from Your most obliged Servant

James Parker

Addressed: For / Dr Benjamin Franklin / Craven Street / London

Endorsed: Mr Parker  May and June 1768

1For Parker’s ongoing complaints about his son, Samuel Franklin (c. 1745–79), see above, XI, 416; XII, 230–1; the following document; and his letter to BF below, June 17, 1768. The only evidence of any attempt by young Parker to establish contact is his noncommittal note to BF below, July 1, 1768.

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