From Samuel Cooper Johonnot
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Geneva 20 Sep. 1782
Your Letter of the 11t Inst. Which put an End to your long Silence gave Me great Pleasure, but at the same Time I am surpriz’d at not receiving any News from America since the 3d February.8 However I must take Patience. We are All well here & hope that is the Case with You,— I am perfectly sensible of the good Advice You give Me in your Letter, I shall make every Effort to persuade You that it is not lost upon Me,—. I am perfectly contented with my present Situation, & in wishing You every Blessing You can enjoy I subscribe Myself with the greates Respect & Gratitude Your Most humble & obedient Servant
Samuel Cooper Johonnot.
N.B. Mr. Pigott present his respectful Compliments to You, & would write but He thinks He would not take up your precious Time.9— S. C J.
His Excellency Doctor Franklin.
Addressed: To His / Excellency Benjamin Franklin Esqr. / Passy / near / Paris
8. The last extant letter from BF is above, Jan. 25: XXXVI, 478. In that letter, as in the missing one here mentioned, BF forwarded letters from Boston and offered advice.
9. According to BFB’s journal (XXXVII, 682n), he and Johonnot had dined with Robert Pigott (an “anglais fort riche”) twice at his estate just outside Geneva, on Aug. 25 and on Sept. 8. On both occasions Benjamin Webb and his son Charles were present (XXXVI, 321–2).