9 March 1775714

    Lond. Mar. 9th 1775

    Dear Sir,

    I am glad to hear by Mr. Bromfield this day that you are in good spirits and now lying in the Downs.

    I found the wind was favourable on Saturday Evening to take you from Gravesend and therefore it was unnecessary to send the News Papers of the Day, but as I see by the Papers Captain Lyde’s ship is yet in the Downs and probably may be detained there by contrary winds some Days longer, I embrace the opportunity of sending you a few of the last P[ublic] Advertisers and a Pamphlet published this Day; written by the Court Pensioner Dr. Samuel Johnson against the Votes of the American Congress;715 I thought you would be glad to see it. It seems by the Essay in this Day’s P[ublic]. Adv[ertiser] from the State Tinker that an officious friend put a Paragraph into the Public Adv[ertiser] on Tuesday signed Plain Truth, noticing your Illness, and of Embarking at Gravesend for Salem. This has afforded the State Tinker an opportunity of exercising his wit upon Dr. Franklin and yourself, which you will see. The P[ublic] Advertiser of Tuesday I could not get, but cut the Paragraph out of the Paper of that Day from the File at the Printers.716

    Some Illnatured fellow in the London News in Yesterday’s paper has put in a reflecting paragraph against you, but anonymous squibs are not worth your notice.717

    I have neither heard or seen in any other news papers besides the Pub[lic] Advertiser that your name has been mentioned since you left London, except the Public Ledger of Tuesday [h]as a piece of News that you had left London on your return home to N[ew] England.

    Mr. Bromfield gave me the direction to write under cover to you for Mr. Robert Ashington, North End of Deal, and to forward on board any packet which may be sent to him for you, and having procured Franks, they will all come free. And if I find the wind in the same corner tomorrow I shall probably send some more News Papers. If you are in tolerable health and able to write, I shall be happy to receive a few lines before you quit the English channel.

    Brother Edward has been out the whole day, and will not be home till late in the Evening. He enjoys great good health, and the same unremitting flow of spirits. I wish he could keep a little in the bounds of moderation, but nothing but real illness will bring him to that.

    Lord North carries every motion with a high hand. I understand he has this day made another to include two or three more Provinces from Fishing on the Banks of New Foundland.718 The New Yorkers are to have peculiar marks of favuor shown to them by which distinguishing privileges the ministry are in expectation to have the people of that province on their side. I am Dear Sir, with the sincerest wishes for the re-establishment of your health—Your most obedient friend and humble Servant

    Chas. Dilly

    P.S. I think by the memorandum given to Mr. Bromfield to show to us—that you have lent Mr. Hollis your set of Burgh’s Political Disquisitions, 3 Vols.—and when he sends them to our House, you desire they may be changed for Lord Chesterfield’s Letters, or some other book of reputation about that value. If otherwise ment, please, Sir, to explain it.719