Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from David Hartley, 20 April 1779

From David Hartley

ALS: American Philosophical Society; transcript: Library of Congress

London April 20 1779

My Dear Sir

I hope you have heard of your prisoners (viz the first cargo) before this time.7 I am impatient to receive your answer to some of my late letters to you. You know the Object wch constantly possesses my mind. I wish to bring some material points to issue, upon terms of certainty and Confidence. Parliament will probably sit for some time yet, and while parliament continues sitting I consider the measures of the year as not yet out of our reach.8 I shall probably have occasion to write to you again soon. I like to be sure of the ground that I stand upon before any measure of consequence is taken but not to lose opportunities. Opportunity shd be seized by the forelock. You will hear from me again soon—Your affecte


Addressed: To Dr Franklin

Notation: D.H. April 20. 1779.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7For the arrival of the cartel see JW’s letter of April 1.

8Parliament sat until July 3, when it was prorogued until Aug. 5; it was then further suspended until Nov. 25: Cobbett, Parliamentary History, XX (1778–80), 1018–20.

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