Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from George Logan, 20 September 1780

From George Logan

ALS: Richmond Academy of Medicine

Philadelphia Sepr: 20th. 1780.

Dear Sir

Your polite attention during my short stay at Paris,6 demands my most grateful acknowledgment. It would have afforded me particular pleasure to have returned to Paris, before sailing for America; but the reduced state of my Finances in Europe, & the situation of my affairs in this State, demanded my immediate presence, & attention.

I wrote to you twice from London, giving you an account of the situation of Great Brittain &c&c—7 With respect to Public Affairs on this Continent, they are in a much better situation than I had any idea of. The Farmers, & the Quakers in general make use of little but their own manufactures. You would be astonished, & highly pleased to observe the improvements which are daily making every where in this Infant Country— I wish I could say as much for our Public spirit, & unanimity. Many individuals are charged with betraying the Interests of their Country willing to sacrifice every thing to their own ambition & emolument. Others, influenced by the prejudices of education still retain a strong prejudice in favor of their ancient constitution. I am however happy in informing you that different parties appear to be better reconciled to each other than formerly, & there is a great prospect of our becoming a united and happy People.

I can give you no Public information but what you will receive from Gentlemen much more capable of the task. With respect to private affairs I may inform you, that I arrived here about two months since,8 & expect [to] reside here for life wishing to follow your laudable example in being constantly employed to the good of mankind in general, & in a particular manner to the prosperity of this rising Country— I am at present librarian to the Loganian Library;9 I wish you to write on this subject, when at leisure I wish to put it on the most resp[torn: ectable?] footing.

Dr: Bond Mr: Rhoads1 & your Friends in this City are in general well—

I am with great respect your much obliged Friend

George Logan

Addressed: A son Excelle: / Dr: Benjn: Franklin / a Paris

Notation: George Logan, Sept. 20. 1780

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6During the winter of 1779–80: XXXI, 302n.

7Only one letter from Logan to BF from London is extant: XXXII, 257–8.

8He apparently sailed from Liverpool in late May: XXXII, 437.

9The Loganian Library was assembled by George Logan’s grandfather James Logan (I, 191n). After his death it became a public trust and BF served as a trustee. The librarianship was to pass through the male heirs of Logan’s eldest son, William, George’s father. In 1792 the Library was annexed to the Library Company of Philadelphia: I, 191n; V, 423–6; IX, 36–7.

1Thomas Bond and Samuel Rhoads.

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