ALS: American Philosophical Society
June 25. 1779
My Dear Friend.
Your Letter of the 17 April8 gave me infinite Pleasure & I am more exceedingly obliged to you for the very kind reception you gave my Son, as well as your warm commendations of him.
I wish this detestable war was at an End, that Friends who love each other might cordially meet & embrace, & I am sure you wish you could put an End to it.
All your Friends here besides the Two particular ones you mention love & esteem you equally, especially those who were once of the Family of Sugar Loaf Hall Hampstead. You shall have the London Chronicle soon.
We have not seen good Mrs. Stevenson these 100 Years nor Mrs. Hewson.
My whole Family unite in cordial & affectionate wishes for you, & I am Dear Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant.
P.S. Kind regards to Mr Temple.
As no more Packets are to go between Dover & Calais— you had best apply to the Postmastr. of Calais (Monsr. Caffieri)9 for the Chronicle.
Addressed: A Monsr. / Monsr. B. Franklin / a Passy / pres de Paris.
Notation: No Name.
8. We have no record of BF having written any letters on this date, nor have we been able to match the handwriting of the present letter with any of the extant correspondence between BF and his old friends from London.
9. Known to us only as Caffiéri l’Aîné, this directeur des postes at Calais had previously forwarded books to BF: XX, 491–2. At the end of June Britain halted the Dover-Calais packet; see our annotation of Baudouin’s letter of June 17.