Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from George Logan, 15 April 1780

From George Logan2

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London April 15th: 1780.

Dear Sir

I have the pleasure of informing you of my safe arrival here last Friday. The Letters you intrusted to my care have been delivered. Dr: Fothergill, & Mr: Barclay are very happy in hearing of your good state of health. The latter who has the care of my affairs,3 thinks they may be settled in about four or five weeks, but wishes me to return to America by a Dutch vessel, which is expected to sail about that time to St: Eustatia. If possible I should be happy to have your opinion on this subject. Should there be no safe opportunity immediately from France, I should prefer Mr: Barclay’s advice, as I am anxious to be in America.

With respect to Public affairs, I must refer you to Mr: Diggs, who will write by this opportunity. I may inform you that the Minority are daily gaining strength; & that the American affairs bear an agreeable aspect; though many, & even some of the present Minority, are not as yet convinced of the necessity of acknowledging the independence of the United States. I had the pleasure of spending yesterday morning with Mr: Hartley he will make a motion tomorrow with respect to America, & which I expect will oblige the ministry, to come to some explanation with respect to their future prospects of this unhappy war. America has only to pursue the plan of conduct, which she has commenced with so much reputation.

There are no publications of any consequence, except what Mr: Diggs has already sent you. Should any thing appear within two weeks I will do myself the pleasure of sending you [torn: one word missing] by a Gentleman, who I expect [torn: will?] leave London about that [torn: one or two words missing] Paris.

I am with great respect Your much Obliged Frd. & Hble: Serv:

Geo Logan

Addressed: To / His Excellence / Benjamin Franklin / Passy near / Paris. / pr favour of Dr Plunket4

Notation: Logan Geo. London April 15. 1780.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Dr. George Logan: XXXI, 302n. He returned to the U.S. in the autumn of 1780. His distinguished later career included a term in the U.S. Senate: Frances A. Logan, ed., Memoir of Dr. George Logan of Stenton … (Philadelphia, 1899), p. 42.

3His father William Logan (II, 376n) had recommended him to David Barclay (IX, 190–1n) and John Fothergill: Logan, Memoir, pp. 33–4.

4Plunkett also carried an April 22 letter of introduction from Digges, below.

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