Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Elizabeth and Benjamin West, 16 August 1780

To Elizabeth and Benjamin West

ALS: McGill University Library

Passy, Augt. 16. 1780

I received by the hand of Mr Strange,4 and contemplated with great Pleasure, the Representations of my dear Friends Mr and Mrs West, & their Children,5 contain’d in the fine Print they have been so kind as to send me.6 I pray God to bless them all, particularly my Godson, and grant them to live as long as I have done, & with as much Health, who continue as hearty as a Buck, with a Hand still steady, as they may see by this Writing. I hope yet to embrace them once more in Peace: In the mean time I wish them every kind of Felicity, being with sincere Respect & Esteem Theirs affectionately

B Franklin

Mr & Mrs West

Addressed: To / Mr West / History Painter / London

Notation: Dr. Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Robert Strange, who frequently carried correspondence between BF and his friends in England: XXXI, 404n.

5The painter and his wife had been friends of BF’s in London. Their children were Raphael Lamar and Benjamin, Jr., BF’s godson: XVII, 195n; XIX, 274, 373.

6The engraving is described in our List of Illustrations.

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