Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Digges, 15 March 1780

From Thomas Digges

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

London 15 Mar. 1780

Dr Sir

I expect this will be handed to you, in the course of a few weeks, by a particular Friend of mine, Mr Willm Burn of the house of Messieurs Burn & sons of Lisbon:8 He is the Gentleman, whom in two late letters9 I solicited the favour of You to procure a Passport for (to be sent under cover to Messrs. Freres Aubert Tollot & Co. Turin) that would enable Him to travel in France & stay a short time in Paris; which place He is desirous of seeing before He finishes a Tour He has been some months upon.

As I have mentiond Mr Burn to You in my former letters, I need only at present recommend Him to your usual civility and attention. You will find Him a good friend to the Liberties of mankind in general, & a Well-wisher to the cause of America;— In some instances He has been servicable to that Country, and in a particular manner friendly to those Citizens of it, who have accidentally visited Lisbon; among whom I am a grateful example.

I am with great regard Dr Sir Your Obligd & Obt Servant

Tho Digges

Addressed: His Excellency / Benjamin Franklin / at Passy / near / Paris

Endorsed: Mar 15 80

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Founded in or before 1764 as Edward Burne & Son, the firm had done business earlier in the war with the secret committee of Congress: David R. Chesnutt et al., eds., The Papers of Henry Laurens (14 vols. to date, Columbia, S.C., 1968–), IV, 220n; Elizabeth M. Nuxoll, Congress and the Munitions Merchants: the Secret Committee of Trade during the American Revolution, 1775–1777 (New York and London, 1985), p. 136. See also Digges’s letter of March 17.

9Not found.

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