Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Benjamin Vaughan, 22 November 1781

To Benjamin Vaughan

AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Nov. 22. 1781

Dear Sir

I received your late Favour without date,8 and immediately ordered 100£ Sterling in the Hands of Mr Hodgson to be at the Disposition of Mr President Laurens. Please to inform me how he does. My last Informations which came from the Lieut of the Tower thro’ Sir Grey Cooper, were that he was very well, & that he was perfectly satisfied with the Treatment he received.9

The Congress have offer’d to exchange Gen. Burgoyne for him. I sent over to Mr Burke, who was anxious for the Liberty of his friend Burgoyne, a Copy of the Resolve, & requested him to negociate it.1 I have not since heard from him.—

I have no Acquaintance at Lisle. If you will point out to me in what manner I can be useful, I will endeavour it: But I suppose the Gentlemen you mention will effectuate that small Affair.— Permit me to trouble you with another. A young Lad of Carolina, at School here, has requested me to forward the enclos’d.2 If you can procure him an Answer it will oblige me. The Events of War have prevented his paying duly his Pension.—

I have long miss’d the Pleasure of your Correspondence. By some Expressions in your last I conjecture you are lately married. If so, I wish you most cordially every Happiness that State can afford. I long to receive the philosophical Papers. Your Brother is well at Madrid3 & much lik’d there. Present my affectionate Respects to your good Father & Mother, and believe me ever, with sincere & great Esteem, Dear Sir,

Col Laurens was well at the Capitulation.

Mr B. Vaughan

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Above, [before Nov. 19].

9XXXIV, 87–8. On Nov. 29 Laurens received a version of this letter from William Manning (Vaughan’s father-in-law) that he believed had been addressed to Hodgson. He wrote on it that BF had been much misinformed respecting his treatment, and scorned the £100 as being unnecessary, and, in any case, inadequate: Laurens Papers, XV, 385.

1XXXV, 594.

2This was presumably from BFB’s friend Charles Cochran.

3John Vaughan: XXXV, 85–7, 114–15.

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