Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to James Bowdoin, 15 July 1782

To James Bowdoin

Facsimile:8 Reproduced in Charles Hamilton Auction No. 57 (New York; April 20, 1972), p. 28; copy: Massachusetts Historical Society

Passy, July 15. 1782.

Dear Sir,

I take the Liberty of introducing to your Acquaintance, two of my particular Friends, members of the Royal Society of London, Mr. Jones & Mr. Paradise.9 You will find them men of Learning & Ingenuity, and have great Pleasure in conversing with them. I recomend them warmly to your Civilities; and to your Counsels respecting their intended Journey to the Southward. They are stanch Friends of our Cause & Country. Be pleas’d to make my Respectful Compliments acceptable to Mrs. Bowdoin,1 and believe me to be, with great & sincere Esteem, dear Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant.

B Franklin

Honble. James Bowdoin Esq.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8This appears to have been traced from an LS in L’Air de Lamotte’s hand.

9See their letter of this date, immediately above.

1Elizabeth Erving Bowdoin (XVI, 177n).

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