Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Witherspoon, 11 September 1781

To John Witherspoon

AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Sept. 11. 1781

Revd. Sir

I have received the Letter you did me the honour of writing to me the 15th. of June last. I had before received that which you mention, sent me from the Committee of Foreign Affairs, and had immediately written to London to procure your Son’s Liberty, and to have him supply’d with Money.4 I have now the Pleasure to inform you that I have this day receiv’d an Answer from thence, acquainting me that he is discharg’d, and that he has been furnish’d with the Money he required and intends immediately to leave England;5 so that I hope you will soon have the Pleasure of seeing him. My Grandson will acquaint you with the Steps he has taken respecting the Letter of Credit you enclos’d to me.6 With great Respect I have the honour to be

Revd. Dr Witherspoon

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4BF to Hodgson, Aug. 8, above.

5Hodgson to BF, Sept. 4, above.

6On Sept. 13 WTF wrote Witherspoon that he had delivered the letter of credit to Le Couteulx & Cie., who had promised to write their correspondent in London. He also reminded Witherspoon that his son had introduced them when WTF was passing through Princeton. Library of Congress.

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