Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Philip Schuyler, 17 April 1776

To Philip Schuyler

AL:8 New York Public Library

At Mr. Wyng’s. April 17. 76

Dear Sir

We are all concern’d to hear of your Indisposition, and join in requesting you earnestly to take care of your self. We purpose staying here as you advise in your kind Note of this Morning. We left all well at your House: The Sergeant has a Letter that I brought for you: Mrs. Schuyler requests that you would send him back as soon as may be. I return inclos’d the Papers you favour’d us with. Our Respects to Mr. Chase: I desire him to send back my Mare by the Sergeant.9 Our best Wishes attend you. I am, Dear Sir

We have sent forward Mr. Chase’s Bed and Portmanteau Trunk, on a Supposition that he intends not to return hither.

Gen. Schuyler

Endorsed: April 17th: 1776  From Dr Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8The closing salutation and signature appear to have been cut or torn off.

9Five days earlier the General had been suffering from scurvy; by the time the commissioners joined him it had given way to or was accompanied by ague, from which their medicines cured him. Force, 4 Amer. Arch., V, 872, 1098. On the 17th, when they were en route to Fort George from Fort Edward, he sent a message that the lake was not yet open, and suggested that they stop at Wing’s tavern, midway between the two forts; this they did, except for Chase, and continued their journey the next day. Carroll, Journal, pp. 48–9. By the messenger BF returned the dispatches that Schuyler had enclosed with his letter above of April 13. Why Chase went with the messenger is not clear.

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