Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Jacob Friis, 2 June 1775

From John Jacob Friis3

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philada Jun. 2d. 177[5]

Honoured Sir,

Here inclosed I return the Letter, which You were so complaisant and kind to let me have the Reading of. Your Answer, which You were pleased to give to it I have forwarded already.4 That our dear Lord may bless You and the whole Congress in all Your Deliberations and Councels is the most sincere and cordial Wish of Your devoted and most humble Servant

J. Friis

Addressed: To / Doctor Benjn. Franklin / these

Endorsed: Moravians

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Friis (1708–93) was a Dane, who taught in the Moravian seminary in Saxony before emigrating to America in 1753. He was an assistant to the Philadelphia congregation until he became too ardent in the American cause and was recalled to Bethlehem, where he taught for the rest of his life. See Augustus Schultze, “The Old Moravian Cemetery of Bethlehem, Pa.,” Moravian Hist. Soc. Trans., V (1897–98), 99, 108–9; Kenneth G. Hamilton, “John Ettwein and the Moravian Church during the Revolutionary Period,” ibid., XII (1940), 264 n.

4The letter and answer were undoubtedly the preceding documents.

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