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other conquests may be meditated, either a man or a shilling will be obtained from any of them to aid such conquests, till full satisfaction be made as aforesaid. “B. FRANKLIN. “Given in London, this 16th day of March, 1775.”
“TO DR. FRANKLIN. “DEAR SIR,
“I return you the memorial, which it is thought might be attended with dangerous consequences to your person, and contribute to exasperate the nation.
“I heartily wish you a prosperous voyage, a long health, and am, with the sincerest regard, your most faithful and
Mr. Walpole called at my house the next day, and, hearing I was gone to the House of Lords, came there to me, and repeated more fully what was in his note; adding, that it was thought my having no instructions directing me to deliver such a protest, would make it appear still more unjustifiable, and be deemed a national affront. I had no desire to make matters worse, and, being grown cooler, took the advice so kindly given me.
The evening before I left London, I received a note from Dr. Fothergill, with some letters to his friends in Philadelphia. In that note he desires me to get those friends “and two or three more together, and inform them, that, whatever specious pretences are offered, they are all hollow; and that to get a larger field on which to fatten a herd of worthless parasites is all that is regarded. Perhaps it may be proper to acquaint them with David Barclay's and our
united endeavours, and the effects. They will stun at least, if not convince, the most worthy, that nothing very favorable is intended, if more unfavorable articles cannot be obtained.” The Doctor, in the course of his daily visits among the great, in the practice of his profession, had full opportunity of being acquainted with their sentiments, the conversation everywhere turning upon the subject of America.
FROM THE CLOSE OF FRANKLIN'S MISSION TO ENGLAND TO THE CLOSE OF HIS MISSION TO FRANCE, 1775 TO 1785.