Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to David Hartley, 22 October 1783

To David Hartley

Reprinted from William Temple Franklin, ed., Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin … (3 vols., 4to, London, 1817–18), 11, 439.

Passy, Oct. 22, 1783.

I received my dear friend’s kind letter of the 4th instant from Bath, with your proposed temporary convention which you desire me to shew to my colleagues. They are both by this time in London, where you will undoubtedly see and converse with them on the subject. The apprehension you mention that the cement of the confederation may be annihilated, &c. has not I think any foundation. There is sense enough in America to take care of their own china vase. I see much in your papers about our divisions and distractions, but I hear little of them from America; and I know that most of the letters said to come from there with such accounts are mere London fictions. I will consider attentively the proposition above mentioned against the return of my colleagues, when I hope our commission will be arrived. I rejoice to hear that your dear sister’s recovery advances, and that your brother is well:2 please to present my affectionate respects to them, and believe me ever, yours &c.

B. Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2His half brother, Winchcombe Henry (XXXVI, 624n). BF may have heard this news from Richard Scrope, who had recently arrived bearing an introduction from Hartley (above, Oct. 11).

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