Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Richard Bennett Lloyd, 11 June 1779

From Richard Bennett Lloyd

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London 11 June 79.

Dear Sir,

I have just received two letters from Maryland, one from my Uncle Lloyd, the other from my Brother—. I enclose you Copies of them, and earnestly request the favour of you to think if I can take up the money in France as my Friends expect by drawing on them in Maryland—.6 Shd. you imagine my presence at Paris would make this necessary, I can easily come over—. I beg many pardons for being so very troublesome but you are the only Person who’s advice I can put sufficient confidence in with an affair of so much importance to me—Mrs. Lloyd is at this time in the Straw—7 She joins with me in best respects—

I am, Dear Sir, your obliged & obt. humble Servant

R. B. Lloyd

I write this in a hurry being late at night—

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin / à Passy

Notation: R. B. Lloyd Londres 11. juin 1779.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Lloyd’s brother Edward had written from Annapolis on March 5, informing him that enemy privateers made it impractical to send remittances in tobacco; instead, Edward was having Jean Holker, French consul at Philadelphia, send bills of exchange in the amount of £1,000 sterling. University of Pa. Library. The letter from Lloyd’s uncle, Col. Richard Lloyd (Md. Hist. Mag., VII [1912], 427), is missing. On July 12, however, BF wrote in answer to the present letter that he had received the copies of both letters. Library of Congress.

7In childbed.

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