Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Holker, 21 March 1780

From John Holker

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Rouen 21 of March 1780

Dear Sir

I did not faill Informing my Self of the Preseis of laid as Sould in this Marquit which youl find here inclosed, which my friend Garvey Sends me, and I know no one more Capable of making the Purchas as he chifly buys all with Redy mony, having a Considerable Capital in hand, & In caise you send me any further orders on this head I certinly shall apploy to him, who I am sure will serve you to the outmost of his pouar.6 My wife I found much better, and She mends apease by my presence &c we bouth desire and wish to see you here. No one Living woud be More wellcom or doe us more pleaseure, so See and make a trip here with Our friend Mr. Choment this Summer & wee shall strive to make you happey. I ever am Dear Sir your most Obedt & very humble servt

J Holker

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Holker had mentioned Garvey to BF the preceding October: XXX, 436n. See also our headnote to Clark & Cie.’s bill of June 3–4, below. BF had petitioned the French government on behalf of Maryland for various military supplies, including twenty tons of lead: XXIX, 416.

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