Benjamin Franklin Papers

Richard Bennett Lloyd to William Temple Franklin, 23 February 1779

Richard Bennett Lloyd to William Temple Franklin

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London 23d. Feby. 1779—

Dear Sir,

Your agreeable favour of the 17th came by the yesterday’s mail it gives me much pleasure to find that our affairs are going on so well, and I have very little doubt but in a short time we shall be in a situation we wish for— Be pleased to present my best respects to yr. Grandfather and let him know Mr. David Hartley comes to Town this day and I am desired to say that the Cartel for the American Prisoners is not only in forwardness but actually under orders—.5 I wrote a very hurried scrawl the other night6 to inform The Doctor I kept His letter to Mr. Hartley until his arrival in Town—this I am advised to do, as all letters are supposed to be opened whether English or foreign—.

We have just got accounts that Grant has taken Sainte Lucie and that soon afterwards D’Estainge made his appearance, who likewise landed a body of men which were repulsed and driven to their Ships, but that he had blockaded up the port—. Another Ministerial account says that D’Estaigne lost sixteen hundred men was driven to his Ships and that the day after the battle he sailed for Martinico— I propose writing to Doctor Franklin as soon as I have seen Mr. Hartley and I beleive I shall have a conveyance in a few days to send your books & those of Mr. Adam’s—.7

Mrs. Lloyd unites with me in best complts. to The Doctor, Mr. Adams and Yourself, and I am, Dear Sir, very sincerely your obt. humble Servant

Richard Btt. Lloyd

Direct for me in Great George Street Hanover Square London—

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin / Le jeune / à Passy

Notation: Lloyd 23. of Feb. 1779 London.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Not until March 2 did Hartley write, care of Lloyd, that the cartel ship had actually left Spithead on her way to Plymouth for the first hundred prisoners. APS.

6Feb. 19.

7On Jan. 8 Lloyd had written WTF (APS) that he had sent a parcel of books, including “Owens’ list of the roads in England” and “Paterson’s book of roads.” The latter is probably Daniel Paterson’s A New and Accurate Description of all the Direct and Principal Cross Roads in Great Britain (London, 1771), the third edition of which had appeared in 1778. The former seems likely to be William Owen’s New Book of Roads, the second edition of which was issued in London in 1779.

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