Benjamin Franklin Papers

Directors of Library Company to Thomas Penn, 14 March 1749

Directors of Library Company to Thomas Penn1

Copy: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philada: March 14th 1748/9


This waits of You to acknowledge the Receipt of Your generous present to the Library Company by the Hands of Mr. Richard Hockley of a curious reflecting Telescope and five Volumes of Voyages.

The Occasions of returning Thanks for Your several generous Donations have been so frequent that it is not easy to find new Expressions of Gratitude for this fresh Instance of Your Regard but the Directors in behalf of the Library Company beg leave to assure You they have the highest Sense of the Favours You have conferrd on them and particularly of this last the Instrument being far the best and most Valuable they have heard of in America and we hope may put some of our Members upon the Study of that Noble Science, the Attainment of which it so much facilitates.

With the most grateful Regard we are Your Honours most faithful obligd humble Servants.

Signd by Order and in behalf of the Directors of the Library Company

Bn: Franklin Secry

1A minute in BF’s hand, appearing at the bottom of Peter Collinson’s bill for books sent the Library, June 16, 1742–Oct. 15, 1745, records that John Sober, William Coleman, and BF were appointed in Dec. 1748 “to write a Letter of Thanks to the Proprietary for the Telescope and Books they are now inform’d he has sent them.” Sober reported, May 8, 1749, that the letter had been sent. MS Minutes (also in BF’s hand), Yale Univ. Lib.

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