A Friendship with Benjamin Franklin
"I pray sincerely that every Blessing may attend you, wherever you are, and particularly that of Health. O that I could invent something to restore and establish yours! But we shall meet, I trust, in a better Country, and with better Constitutions, vigorous health and everlasting youth; and since t’will be an additional pleasure so great in itself and so easily afforded us, I am persuaded we shall know one another."
- Excerpt of a 1763 letter to Philip Ludwell III from Benjamin Franklin, who at that time was on a visit to the American colonies from his duties in London as Pennsylvania's diplomat.
Ludwell and Franklin were neighbors on Craven Street in London, and instrumental in funding and organizing the charitable activities of the Associates of Dr. Bray to educate African-American children in the American colonies.
Map of 1747 London courtesy Benjamin Franklin House