Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from [Samuel Wharton], 23 December 1775

From [Samuel Wharton3]

AL: American Philosophical Society

London December 23. 1775

Dear Sir

The Bearer hereof Mr. Wrixon, a Gentleman of Character and good Connexions in Ireland, I beg leave to introduce to your Frindship, Civility and protection. Major Trent is well acquainted with Mr. Wrixon, and knows his useful Qualifications, and I dare say, will, with great Pleasure mention Them to You; and give Me leave to add, That Mr. Wrixon has not been an indifferent Spectator of the unhappy Dispute, between this Country and America, as his late Publication will shew. If you can render Mr. Wrixon any acceptable Services, and particularly with Respect to his Views in America (Which He will amply explain to You) I flatter myself you will chearfully do it, and Thereby, much Oblige, Dear Sir Your most Obedient and affectionate Servant.

I dare not say a Word on publick affairs, Neither is it Necessary, as the Bearer will fully and faithfully represent Them to you. He carrys the restraining Act with Him.4

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Identified by the handwriting.

4For Wrixon see the preceding letter. John Adams called his publication “a Pamphlet under the Title of the Rights of Britons”: Butterfield, Adams Correspondence, I, 361; we have had no more success in identifying it than Butterfield had. The statute that Wrixon brought with him was the Prohibitory Act, which had become law on Dec. 22: Public Advertiser, Dec. 23, 1775.

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