From Nathaniel Falconer5
ALS: American Philosophical Society
London May the 15 1783
My Dear Sir
I Take the Liberty of informing you of my arrivall hear yesterday I left philadla the 12 of april in a vessell for ostend but Got put ashore at hasting I Expect to purches a ship hear and proceed to philadelphia if you have aney Commands hear that I Can Excute please to Let hear from you Mr Beach [Bache] was at Newyork when I Came away Mrs Beach was well Mr Williams6 informs me you intend home which I am verey Glad to hear for belive me whe Shall be much in want of your assistance on that Side the watter and it is the wish of all your friends that you may be there before october Next7 I no youle Excuse the Liberty I have Taken therfore will make no apologe for writing my Best Compliments W T Franklin and Mr Hartly8 who I understand is now with you I am Dear Sir yr Hble Ser
Addressed: Docter Franklin / at Paris
Notation: Falconer 15 May 178[torn]
5. An old friend of BF’s, who divided his life between the sea and public service: XII, 100n.
6. Jonathan Williams, Sr.
7. As Falconer explained in a June 23 letter (APS), this is when Pennsylvanians would vote for a new council of censors. One of its main functions was to judge the operation of the Pennsylvania Constitution and, if necessary, to propose amendments: Robert L. Brunhouse, The Counter-Revolution in Pennsylvania, 1776–1790 (Harrisburg, Pa., 1942), pp. 15, 141–2.
8. To whom BF had introduced Falconer in 1775: XXII, 31–2, 196.