Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Shaffer, 4 January 1784

From John Shaffer

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Paris ce 4 Janvier 84./.


Was theire ever an Example of aney person in Life to be abandoned as I am, you may be asured it is with great Reluctance that I persist in adressing my Self to you, in my last9 I took the liberty of asking you what Mr Barclay had Concluded to do for me, as Mr Barclay before his departure Refered me to you for an Answer of what you had Concluded upon at your last meating with Mr Beaumont, do Not Keep me aney longer in Suspence I beg of you, if I am to Expect my Judment in Parlement that I may make my defence, my Reporteuer is Not as yet Nominated but Expect he will hourorly when I hope you will Not abandon me in the Absance Of Mr. Barclay, I have Not as yet Seen Mr Beaumont, wich Gives me Pain, as to my Situation Mr Beaumont has Certainly gave you a tableau.

I imbrace the Opertuenety of wishng you an agreable and happe New year.

I have the honour to be with Profound Respect your Exelencys Most Obedent and very humble Servant

J Schaffer

PS I am in the most Cruel situation in life and live upon the blacke bread of the Prison this 15 days

His Excelency Docter Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Most likely a similar letter (undated) in which Shaffer asked BF about Barclay and made an appeal for “what Ever Small Sum” BF thought proper: Shaffer to BF, [before Jan. 4, 1784], APS.

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