Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Granville Sharp, 8 August 1778

From Granville Sharp2

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Old Jewry 8 August 1778

Dear Sir

Permit me to recommend to your friendship and good Offices Mr. Laurence Brooke of Virginia, who came to Europe some Years ago, on account of Education; and tho’ he has since resided chiefly in Scotland, I cannot find that he has imbibed the least prejudice of that unhappy Country, but on the contrary entertains a most perfect regard for the natural Rights of Mankind and the sacred cause of liberty in general. You will also find him, in every other respect, (I trust) highly worthy of your esteem; and as he is desirous of returning to his native Country, together with his Brother Mr. Robert Brooke, and Mr. Robert Nicholson (both natives of Virginia, and very amiable young Gentlemen in their conversation and behaviour) I must request that you will be pleased to favour them with your advice and good offices to forward their intended voyage,3 by which you will also confer a particular favour and obligation on, Dear Sir, Your affectionate friend and obedient humble Servant

Granville Sharp.

Endorsed: Granville Sharpe Messrs Brooke

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2The famous English reformer, scholar, and publicist; in 1774 BF had helped publish and distribute one of his pamphlets: XVII, 38 n; XXI, 263 n, 453.

3For the Brookes see George McCall’s letter under July 22. Robert Nicholson attended William and Mary in 1776 and finished his education in Scotland after the war. W&MQ, 1st ser., I (1892), 25. He served as surgeon for the Virginia state artillery from 1783 to 1798: John H. Gwathmey, Hist. Register of Virginians in the Revolution (Richmond, 1938), p. 585.

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