Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Franklin, 15 February 1788

From Benjamin Franklin

Philada. Feb. 15. 1788

Dear Sir

Mr. Frazer, who will have the honour of delivering this Line to your Excellency, is a Gentleman of respectable Character here, and as such I beg leave to recommend him to your Civilities.

He has in France a young Sister, who was left there some time since in a Convent for Improvement in her Education, and has it seems been seduc’d to resolve on remaining there; and on abandoning her Relations and Religion. Their Mother is a Citizen of these States, and reclaims her Child; and ’tis hoped that there is no Law in France, which may prevent her Succeeding in so just a Demand, founded on a Natural Right. I am persuaded that if you can be of Use to Mr. Frazer in this Business, you will chearfully afford him your Advice and Assistance, in which you will at the same time much oblige Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servt,

B. Franklin

PrC (DLC: Franklin Papers). This letter evidently exists only in the PrC in the Franklin Papers; the RC is not recorded in SJL Index and was not, so far as is known, answered by TJ. From these facts it is plausible to infer that the letter that was supposed to have been delivered by Mr. Frazer was not sent, or at least not delivered.

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