Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Elizabeth Partridge, 28 October 1781

From Elizabeth Partridge

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Boston Octr. 28. 1781

Dear & Ever Hond Papah

Tis with an Heart Elated with greatitude to Heaven, that I Congreatulate you on the signal Success, granted to the United Arm’s, of France, & America in the Capture of Lord Cornwallis! who Surrender’d himself, and his whole Armey, Prissoners of War, on the 18 Octr as you will see by the enclos’d Hand Bill,2 the Truth of which was not doubted, but has since been Corroborated by a Gentleman of Undoubted Veracity one Mr Champny who arrived hear Yesterday from Newport, he Conversed with the People that brot the Accot. their, and he say’s that the Truth of it may be Relied on, the perticulars are so variously Related, that nothing thing can be enough depended on, to write you, so must Postpone them till we can be better inform’d.

Aunt Mecom has been Some Time in Boston, on a Vissett to her Friends,3 I hear She is well, but have not had the pleasure of seeing her yet (as I have just Returned home, from a long Tour, that I took for my Health, which is much mended by it,) but I Expect to enjoy that Happiness to Morrow, and it will be a sweet Regail, for I Reaely Love her, for her one [own] Sake, as Well as Yours, but tis inexpressable the Addition your Compiny would give to Our enjoyment oh I will still hope for the Blessing of seeing you in Boston again, Sugar plumbs I can promise you, but no Flattery, for your Merit has put it out of Our Power to treat you with that.

Our Friends are all Well, Mr Partridge & Our Daughter, joyn with my Brothers & Sister in Respectfull Love & Compliment to you.4

That every Blessin Heaven can bestow, may ever attend you is the Ardent Prayer of Dear Sir Your affectionate & Dutifull Daughter

Eliza: Partridge

P.S. I had like to have forgot to Mention to you, Our Noble Friend; Generall Green, to whome we are greatly indebted for his Undaunted Courage, his Generalships and his Unremited Fatigue, I enclose you a Parigraf that Mr Partridges Brother sent him from Congress with an Accot of one his late Success’s.5 E P

Endorsed: Mrs Partridge Oct. 28. 1781 Congratns.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Probably the one mentioned by Thomas Cushing on Oct. 26, above.

3Mecom on Oct. 23, above, wrote that she expected to leave Cambridge in about ten days.

4Her brothers and sister were Tuthill, Thomas, and Susannah (“Suckey”) Hubbart. Elizabeth Partridge’s husband Samuel had a daughter, Rebecca: I, lviii–lvix; XXVII, 621n.

5George Partridge (1740–1828) of Duxbury, Mass., graduated from Harvard College and served as a captain of a Minute Man Company and in the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. He was elected to Congress in 1779 and held his seat until 1785, siding with James Lovell and Elbridge Gerry on most issues. He was a charter member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (XXXIV, 264n): Smith, Letters, XVIII, xix, xxiv–xxv; Sibley’s Harvard Graduates, XV, 282–5.

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