Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Samuel Wharton, [23 July? 1779]

From Samuel Wharton

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Hotel de Rome Friday Afternoon.
[July 23, 1779?]5

Dear Sir

I have several Letters but no News from London. Sir Charles Hardy’s Fleet was at Anchor in Plymouth Road on the 17th Instant.

I am with the sincerest Respect your Excellency’s affectionate & most obt. Servt

S. Wharton

His Excellency Mr. Franklin

Notation: S. Wharton Paris—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5An extract of a letter from Plymouth dated July 17 reporting the anchorage of the grand fleet was published in The Public Advertiser on July 21, making this the earliest likely date on which Wharton would have written this letter.

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