Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Huske, 6 September 1772

To John Huske2

ALS (letterbook draft): American Philosophical Society

London, Sept. 6. 1772

Dear [Sir]

I have deferred Writing to you agreable to the Caution you gave me, till this safe Opportunity offered. America is infinitely oblig’d to you for your continual good Wishes and Schemes for her Advantage: But I am sorry to tell you that she is here become an Object of Jealousy, and that the obtaining Money from our poor Treasury to forward such Schemes, tho’ at the same time equally beneficial to this Country, is out of all Expectation. A new Colony however is forming, where good Land may be had cheap, and where your Friend may probably find an Opportunity of serving himself and Family, while he is at the same time useful to the Publick wherein I shall be glad [to] serve him.3 Of this I shall write more fully when Things are riper. In [the mean] time, I am, with great Esteem, Dear Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant


Mr Huske

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2BF is replying belatedly to Huske’s letter above, March 10, which recommended the Chevalier O’Gorman and his scheme for making wine in America.

3BF seems to have discussed with O’Gorman, before the latter’s return to France, the possibility of viticulture in the new colony that the Walpole Company expected to create from its land grant. See the postscript to the Chevalier’s letter to BF below, Jan. 4, 1773.

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