From George Logan
ALS: Richmond Academy of Medicine
Philadelphia Sepr: 20th. 1780.
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
Addressed: A son Excelle: / Dr: Benjn: Franklin / a Paris
Notation: George Logan, Sept. 20. 1780
6. During the winter of 1779–80: XXXI, 302n.
7. Only one letter from Logan to BF from London is extant: XXXII, 257–8.
8. He apparently sailed from Liverpool in late May: XXXII, 437.
9. The 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.
1. Thomas Bond and Samuel Rhoads.