Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to David Hartley, 5 February 1778

To David Hartley

Transcript: Library of Congress

Feb 5. 1778

Dear Sir,

I am exceedingly obliged by your interesting yourself so warmly in behalf of those unhappy people.8 I understand you advanc’d money: Your bills on that account will be punctually paid. As yet I have heard of none.

Understanding that a certain Person promised to make proposals for healing a certain Breach, I postpon’d and delayed a material Operation till I should hear what those proposals were.9 I am now told that he will not make them till he finds it in his power to do what he pleases. Therefore Adieu my dear friend; and I bid you all Good Night.

Your brave and indefatigable exertions will forever endear you to all good Men.

I write this line from home: and not having your last before me, I must take another opportunity of answering it. I am ever Yours sincerely.

Notation: Benjamin Franklin to Mr. Hartley

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8See Hartley’s discussion of the American prisoners in his above, Dec. 25.

9Lord North’s conciliatory plan, which led to the establishment of the Carlisle commission.

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