Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Richard Bennett Lloyd, 18 March 1779

To Richard Bennett Lloyd

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy Mar. 18 1779

Dear Sir,

I duly recd. your favours of feb. 19 & Mar. 26 inclosing a Copy of the Letter to M. Hartley from the Board who have the Care of sick & wounded Seamen, relating to the Exchange of Prisoners. Accept my Thanks for the Pains you have taken in Behalf of those poor unfortunate People. M. Hartley writes me that he thinks they will now be soon exchanged.7 I hope your cold & the Inflammation in your Eyes have passed away without leaving any ill Consequences. Please to make my Respects acceptable to Ms. Lloyd, And If you have an Opportunity, be so good as to acquaint Mr. D.8 that I have received and am much obliged to him for his Letters, and for his Attention to the Distresses of the Prisoners &c. I have not written to him because the most innocent Letters from me falling into some Hands may occasion Suspicions to his Prejudice. I shou’d hardly have ventured writing this to you, but that it relates to an allow’d Transaction & Correspondence with M. Hartley9 with great esteem & Respect I have the Honor &c.

R. B. Lloyd Esq;

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6The former is in XXVIII, 574–5, and the latter is above.

7See Hartley’s letter of March 2.

8Thomas Digges, who is identified in XXVII, 420n.

9Lord North had assured Hartley that any correspondence with BF which might forward peace would not be interrupted: XXV, 662, 691.

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