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REV D AND DEAR SIR, Last night I received a letter from D r Robertson, acquainting me that the University of Edinburgh have on my recommendation conferred the degree of D r in Divinity upon the Rev d M r Cooper of Boston ; an event, that when I last had the pleasure of seeing you, you may remember I was desirous of waiting for, before I should be concerned in any new application of the same kind. And indeed as I have made three already, I begin to feel a little unwilling to apply again immediately to the same University in favour of another, lest they should think me troublesome, tho' they have hitherto been very obliging. And recollecting that you mentioned your having a correspondence with the Principal of the College at Glasgow, I now purpose applying to that University for Mr Elliot's l degree, if you approve of it, and will with Mr Radcliffe address your recommendation to the same place, to accompany mine. Please to present my respectful compliments to Mrs Price and Mrs Barker; and believe me, with sincere esteem, dear Sir,
Your most obedient, humble servant,
- Benjamin Franklin
- The Writings of Benjamin Franklin Volume V, Albert Henry Smyth, 1906