George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Benjamin Franklin, 27 March 1779

To Benjamin Franklin

Camp at Middlebrook March 27th 1779.

Dear Sir,

This letter will be delivered to you by Mr Mason, Son to George Mason Esqr. of Virginia, a Gentn of fortune and influence in that State—a zealous & able Supporter of the liberties of this Country—and a particular friend of mine.

The young Gentlemans bad health induces him to try some other clime, probably the Air of Montpelier, while inclination may lead him to1 Paris, in which case, I take the liberty of recommending him to your friendly countenance & civilities.2 give me leave3 at the same time to assure you, that with the greatest esteem & regard I have the honr to be Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, PPAmP: Benjamin Franklin Papers; ADfS, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1At this place on his draft manuscript, GW wrote “through” rather than “to.”

2George Mason had requested this letter of introduction for his son, George Mason, Jr. (see Mason to GW, 8 March; see also GW to Mason, and GW to Lafayette, both this date).

3The previous three words do not appear on the draft manuscript.

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