You inquire what is become of my Son, the Governor of New Jersey. As he adhered to the Party of the King, his People took him Prisoner, and sent him under a Guard to Connecticut, where he continues but is allow'd a District of some Miles to ride about, upon his Parole of Honour not to quit that Country. I have with me here his Son, a promising Youth of about 17, whom I brought with me, partly to finish his Education, having a great Affection for him, and partly to have his Assistance as a Clerk, in which Capacity he is very serviceable to me. I have also here with me my worthy Nephew, Mr. Williams, whom you kindly ask after. The ingenious Mr. Canton, our other Fellow Traveller, I suppose you know is now no more.
God bless you, my dear Friend, and believe me ever,
Yours most affectionately
IN France Franklin was almost swamped by Frenchmen and other Europeans seeking favors. Many of them wanted commissions in the American Army, though their only qualifications, other than some very slight military experience, seemed often to consist in having a large number of hungry children to support and a fervently expressed love of la liberté. Other applicants wanted letters of introduction to leading Americans because they planned to cross the Atlantic either just to see the country or to make their everlasting fortunes. Many were unknown to Franklin personally; some asked for recommendations for friends of theirs of whom he had never before heard. He knew that one of his main jobs in France was to act as an ambassador of good will, so he restrained his irritation at these importunities as best he could. One time, however, he relieved his feelings by composing a "Model of a Letter of Recommendation of a Person you are
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Publication information: Book title: Mr. Franklin:A Selection from His Personal Letters. Contributors: Leonard W. Labaree - Editor, Benjamin Franklin - Author, Whitfield J. Bell Jr. - Editor. Publisher: Yale University Press. Place of publication: New Haven, CT. Publication year: 1956. Page number: 41.
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