Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Witherspoon, 19 November 1781

To John Witherspoon5

AL (draft): Library of Congress

Passy, Nov. 19. 1781

Revd Sir,

I hope you will have the Pleasure of receiving, with this, your long absent Son, who appears to me a valuable young Man. On the Receipt of your Letter, I wrote to a Friend in London to furnish him with what Money he should have occasion for to bring him hither, which was done;6 and here I deliver’d to him the second of your Letter of Credit on Messrs. Couteulx & Co. whereby he has been enabled to repay me. I wish him a good Voyage, & happy Meeting with his Friends,7 And am, with Great Esteem, Revd Sir

Dr Witherspoon

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5The congressional delegate and president of the College of New Jersey, who had written in June about his captured son: XXXV, 48, 169–70.

6See BF’s second letter to William Hodgson of this date.

7John Witherspoon, Jr., was in Princeton during the summer of 1782: James B. McLachlan et al., eds., Princetonians: a Biographical Dictionary (5 vols., Princeton, 1976–91), II, 356.

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