Benjamin Franklin Papers

Directors of Library Company to John Penn, 3 August 1741

Directors of Library Company to John Penn7

MS Minutes: Library Company of Philadelphia

Philada. Aug: 3d. 1741


Your Present to the Library Company of a curious Microscope and Camera Obscura is received. This fresh Instance of your Generosity and Regard gives the Company a sensible Pleasure; and in their Name and Behalf we return you most hearty Thanks. We hope those Gentlemen who so generously countenanced our Undertaking may never have Occasion to think their Benefactions misplaced, but that they may perceive Learning, Virtue and Politeness advance daily under their Influence; which we are assured, will be more pleasing to them, than the most studied and elaborate Compliments.

We are, Sir, Your most obliged humble Servants &c.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7The Directors on July 13, 1741, appointed William Coleman, BF, and Thomas Hopkinson to prepare a letter to Penn thanking him for his gifts. The letter was entered on the minutes August 10. For another instance of John Penn’s generosity to the Library, see above, p. 207.

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