From Robert Morris
LS: American Philosophical Society
Philadelphia 30th. May 1783.
I have received your private Letter of the twenty third of December.8 When I informed you of what was said by your Enemies9 I did not mean to insinuate any Doubt of your Exertions in my own mind. With Respect to your Resignation1 I personally lament it, and more so on the Part of the United States. But I shall readily agree that you will more consult your own Ease and Happiness by abandoning public Life and it will be almost impossible to add to your Reputation. I cannot however take a Part in procuring your Dismission for this would be an Injury to the Public. In whatever Situation and Character Believe me always with sincere Esteem & Respect Your Most Obedient & humble Servant
His Excellency Benjamin Franklin Esqr.
8. Not found. BF wrote an official letter to Morris on that date (XXXVIII, 487–9) dealing with subjects other than the one discussed here.
9. On Sept. 28, 1782: XXXVIII, 155.
1. Which BF requested in December: XXXVIII, 416–17.