Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Robert Morris, 29 April 1783

From Robert Morris

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philada. April 29th. 1783

Dear Sir

When an Officer who has distinguished himself by a Series of Brave Actions in the defence of american Liberty wishes to be introduced to you, whose time & Labours have been exhausted in the same cause, it would be unjust to him to you and to myself not to afford him the opportunity of payg you his respects.

This introduction is in favour of Colo. Maths. Ogden of the New Jersey Brigade whose testimonial from the Commander in Chief justifies what I have said,1 and I am confident you will not only countenance & advise, but also befriend him in any matters wherein you can with propriety become usefull to a deserving Young Gentleman.

With perfect respect & sincere regard, I am Dr sir Your Affectionate hble Servt

Robt Morris

Addressed: His Excy / Benjn. Franklin Esqr. / Minister Plenipoy at the / Court of Versailles / by Colo Ogden

Notation: Robt. Morris apl. 29. 1783.

1On April 19 Washington sent Ogden a certificate testifying to his military services. He also advised him that since his business in France was of a mercantile nature, he should not travel in uniform: Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington, XXVI, 340. See also Boudinot to BF, April 28.

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