Who is the Mrs. Morris you mention, as Mother to Dr. Rush? I am glad my Recommendations were of any Service to him.
I am glad to hear that Sally keeps up and increases the Number of her Friends. The best Wishes of a fond Father for her Happiness always attend her. I am, my dear Debby, Your affectionate Husband
FRIENDLINESS and warmth were characteristics of most of Franklin's personal letters, yet he could wield his pen in a very different manner when the occasion required. Jeremiah Meyer, a German artist residing in London, had promised to paint a miniature from a portrait which the Pennsylvania agent had placed in his hands. When this promise remained too long unfulfilled Franklin became annoyed, very much annoyed indeed. A brief and formal note conveyed to the artist his patron's displeasure.
[ London, April 1771?]
Dr. Franklin presents his Compliments to Mr. Meyer, and prays him not to detain any longer the Picture from which he was to make a Miniature, but return it by the Bearer. Hopes Mr. Meyer will not think him impatient, as he has waited full Five Years, and seen many of his Acquaintance tho' applying later, serv'd before him. Wishes Mr. Meyer not to give himself the Trouble of making any more Apologies or to feel the least Pain on Account of his disappointing Dr. Franklin who assures him, he never was disappointed by him but once, not having for several Years past since he has known the Character of his Veracity, had the smallest dependance upon it.