Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Elizabeth Temple, 27 October 1779

To Elizabeth Temple

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Oct. 27. 1779.


I received your favour of July 30. with a Letter enclos’d for Mr. Temple. He came to Holland as I heard and went from thence to England, but has not written to me, nor do I know where he resides, So as to direct your Letter to him properly.6 But I Shall have an oportunity in a few Days of Sending it by a friend, who will find him out and deliver it—7 Please to present my Respects to your Good father and mother, whom I much wish again to see, and believe me to be with Sincere Regard. Madam, Your most obedient humble servant


Mrs. Temple, Boston.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Richard Bennett Lloyd had informed WTF in July that John Temple was “still in England” on some business that Lloyd could not determine. Temple claimed to have written BF from Holland: Lloyd to WTF, July 15, APS. On Oct. 30, below, Digges confirmed Temple’s presence in London.

7The friend was Peter Luard, who said that he would endeavor to locate Temple: BF to Digges, Nov. 17, Library of Congress.

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