Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Elizabeth Wright, 17 December 1777

From Elizabeth Wright

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London Pallmall Decr. the 17th[–24] 77

Honourd Sir

I take the liberty in the Name of my Mother (who is at present from Home) to return you my most gratefull thanks for your kind Letter in behalf of Mr. P——— which I have just Receivd with the highest Pleasure, in hearing from you Sir, and Gratitude for Him, as it is a Suply I am sensible will be Doubly Wellcome to him at this Time.5 My Mother is now at Bath and intends staying some Time, so that I shall take the Liberty to Desire Mr. P——— if He has any oppertunity (and I beleive there is a very worthy young Gentleman from New England6 going now) to Draw on you himself, as it will I beleive be Equally the same on all Sides.

If you knew the Heartfelt Pleasure it has given us all to hear from you, and will my Mother when I send her your Letter, you would once more gratify us with the same Sensations. In the Mean Time I Remain Dear Sir your most Gratefully Effectionate

Elizth Wright

Decemr the 24th

Dear Sir

Since my riteing this Letter the young Gentleman I mentioned was so kind as to offer to pay Mr. P. the mony down, and except the Bill on you, on which I rote to my Mother, and He has Receivd it. He is so sincere an American and so Honest Hearted, that I knew I could place the Highest Confidence in Him in every Respect and would wish to Reccomend Him to your Notice.

Endorsed: Mrs Wright 17 Dec 77

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Patience Wright’s letter above of Nov. 10 must have elicited at long last a reply, now missing, in which BF enclosed his contribution to the relief of Ebenezer Platt.

6George Searle; see the note from Patience Wright below, Dec. 23.

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