Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Hutton, 13 September 1783

From James Hutton

ALS: American Philosophical Society

13. Septr. 1783

Dear Old Friend

I am desired by a 50 years dear friend to recommend to you a Mr Blount & his Lady9 who intend residing some years in France, they are People of Fortune and Mr Blount is a man of Science & very ambitious for the Honour of your Acquaintance; He is of a very ancient and Respectable Family in Oxfordshire. Now I know your kind Regard for me, and there fore I beg the Favour of you to give Mr Blount the Happiness of your acquaintance. I can trust the Character given of him to me by my old 50 years Friend, as if I knew him myself. I give you again Joy of Peace.

Peace is my dear Delight—not Fleury’s more.1 It has pleasd God to take away our senses for a time may He restore them to us, when He sees what He has not seen yet that we may know when we are well. Now all is so far over I shall look for next Spring to have the Happiness of seeing you. Once more I am in earnest when I desire you to recieve Mr Blount as one who I am assured will answer the warmest Praises I could give him. You will I hope have opportunity of introducing him if He desires it, to some of your French Friends especially to our dear Du Pont.2 I am with all that old personal Friendship & Gratitude I have long felt for you Dear Old Friend your most obliged & affectionate Servant

James Hutton

Dr Franklin.

Addressed: To / Dr Franklin / Passy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Probably Joseph (b. 1752) and Mary Canning Blount. Joseph was from a Catholic family of Mapledurham, Oxfordshire, and died somewhere near Lyon during the French Revolution: Tony Hadland, Thames Valley Papists: from Reformation to Emancipation ([England], 1992), p. 142; Bernard Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland (2 vols., London, 1875), I, 115.

1A line from Alexander Pope, The First Satire of the Second Book of Horace, Imitated in a Dialogue between Alexander Pope, of Twickenham in Com. Midd. Esq … (London, 1733), p. 13.

2Du Pont de Nemours, an old friend of Hutton’s. The previous spring, BF had sent Hutton his book on Turgot: XXXIX, 543.

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