Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Edward Bridgen, 18 March 1778

From Edward Bridgen7

ALS: American Philosophical Society

March 18 1778

Your Excellency I hope will excuse my breaking in upon your full employ’d time, by requesting your leave to introduce to your acquaintance Monsieur Garnier Secretary to the french Embassy to this Court, who wishes for the honour of being known to the greatest Man living.8

I have had the honour of a strict intimacy with this Gentleman for many years I therefore can assure you Sir that he is a Gentleman of great Merit and the strictest honour and whose abilities have done credit to his Employers.

I need not add more to entitle him to your Excellency’s attention and politeness. Wishing you Sir every good, in which Mrs B.9 joines, I beg leave to subscribe myself, Your Excellency’s obliged and obedient Servant

Edward Bridgen

His Excellency Benjn: Franklin

Notation: E Bridgeden

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7The London alderman, an old acquaintance: above, XII, 422 n.

8He was already well known from BF’s years in London, and had recently agreed to provide Bancroft with information helpful to the American cause: above, XXII, 374 n. The chargé d’affaires returned to Paris convinced that France should start hostilities soon, before the Carlisle commission made an impression in the U.S. His acquaintance with BF apparently ripened, for the following January he was said to be lodging with him in Passy: Croÿ, Journal, IV, 87–8, 140–1.

9Née Martha Richardson, the daughter of the famous novelist.

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