Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Bradford, 6 January 1779

From John Bradford

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Boston. 6th. Jany 1779


Having had the honour of a Letter under your signature on Bus’ness formerly,4 I venture to take the liberty to wrte you by my son, to introduce him to your presence, praying you to Afford him your patronage and Advice, his disposition is amiable and I flatter my self he wont discredit the people, that the Benevolent Monarch of France has lately taken into Alliance, my son has a Number of letters from his friends here to their Connections in France, but I Was loth he shou’d not have it in his power to say on his Return, that he had not a personal interview with Doctor Franklin.5 I beg your Acceptance of the Complimts of the Season, and am with all due Respect Sir Your most Obedt. & very hble Serv

Jno. Bradford

The Honble. Benjamin Franklin Esqr. plenipotentiary at the Court at Versailes

Notations in different hands: J. Bradford 6e. jany à Boston. / 6. Jany. 1779.—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4See XXII, 533–4, when BF was a member of the committee of secret correspondence. They had also corresponded as individuals: XXIII, 386–7; XXIV, 5–6.

5Young Samuel Bradford must have received his interview, for John Bradford wrote on Oct. 27, 1780, that his son, “who paid his duty to your excellency the last year,” was again traveling. APS.

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