Benjamin Franklin Papers

Bill to Thomas Penn, 18 May 1734

Bill to Thomas Penn

AD: American Philosophical Society

Honorable Thos. Penn Esq. Dr.9

May 18. For printing and Paper of 200 Cases at 2d. per. £1 13 4
For a Supplement to the same 5
Mr. Steel1 { For 300 Warrants a 1d. per. 1 5
6 quire Paper a 1s. 3d. 7 6
For binding a Book 10
For 2 Sermons 3
Augt. For printing zoo Bonds at 1d. 16 8
Paper 4 quire a 12d. 4
For printing 1000 Bonds and Warrants at 1d. each 4 3 4
Paper 20 quire at 1s. a quire 1
For Large Advertisements 10
Ditto in Gazette2 5
Oct. 20 For a Sheet Pasteboard 9
For Dutch Advts 5
11 8 7
For the Gazette 2 Years 1
For binding Catesby’s Birds3 and gilding 1 10
D[itt]o A. Arscot4 2 6
For a Book of Constitutions5 6
[£14 7s. 1d.]
[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9This is only BF’s memorandum of Penn’s account, not the bill sent to the proprietor. Two similar memoranda, containing most of the same items and a few additional ones, are also in APS.

1James Steel, receiver-general of Pennsylvania and the proprietors’ agent.

2Probably the advertisement, signed by Steel and dated Sept. 5, summoning all persons to make payment for lands surveyed to them; it was printed in the Gazette Sept. 12.

3Mark Catesby’s Natural History of Carolina, of which the first part appeared in London, 1731.

4Alexander Arscot, Some Considerations relating to the Present State of the Christian Religion, first printed by BF, 1731, reprinted, 1732.

5James Anderson, The Constitutions of the Free-Masons, first printed at London, 1723, printed by BF “for the Use of the Brethren in North America,” 1734.

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