Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Ewing, 4 April 1783

To John Ewing2

LS:3 University of Pittsburgh Library

Passy, April 4. 1783

Revd. Sir,

This Line will be put into your Hands by Mr. Redford from Ireland, who goes to America, with Views of settling there.4 He is strongly recommended to me by several of my Friends, as a Gentleman of excellent Character, for his Principles, his Knowledge and Abilities, such as must render him an useful Citizen of America. I beg leave to request for him your Civilities, and the Advice that as a Stranger he may occasionally require; in which you will much oblige me, who from the short Acquaintance I have had with him, feel myself much interested in his Favour, and heartily wish that our Country may be agreable to him. With great Esteem, I have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant

B Franklin

Revd. Mr. Ewing.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2A pastor in Philadelphia: XI, 526n; XVII, 11n.

3In L’Air de Lamotte’s hand, except for the complimentary close, which was written by BF.

4Archibald Redford was introduced to BF by Richard Price and Benjamin Vaughan; their letters are above, March 10 and 11.

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