. The additional guests were Thomas Brattle (Harvard 1760), son of JA
's old antagonist Gen. William Brattle, and Joseph Waldo (Harvard 1741); both had
left Boston for England about the time hostilities broke out. (On Brattle see Sabine, Loyalists
; on Waldo see Sibley-Shipton, Harvard Graduates
, vol. 11 [in press].) A passage in JA
's Autobiography under the present date
makes clear why he received these former American acquaintances, and especially Waldo,
with reserve: now that war between England and France was imminent, some if not all
of them were suffering from second thoughts and would have been glad to accept appointments
under Congress or the Commissioners, for which JA
doubted their qualifications.
William Greene in his travel journal gives an entertaining account of this day which
is too long to quote here. It is particularly revealing of Franklin's way of life
at Passy and suggests why JA
soon grew impatient with his colleague's habits. “In the afternoon,” Greene remarks,
“a number of ladies from the neighbourhood came in, and took us all to walk, in the
Bois Boulogne. The old Doctor still so fond of the fair sex, that one was not enough
for him but he must have one on each side, and all the ladies both old and young were
ready to eat him up” (MHS, Procs.
, 54 [1920–1921]: 104).