From Jonathan Belcher
Letterbook copy: Massachusetts Historical Society
Eliz: Town (NJ) December 18: 1751
I duly received your kind Letter of 28: of Novr.7 with the Directions about the Electrical Operation and the box with the Electrical Apparatus came to my hands the 16: Currant8 and I am sorry to Inform you that when I came to open it the Glass Globe was broke all to pieces I suppose by the rough Conveyance of it (in a Waggon) from Burlington hither. This is a great misfortune to me in the delay of what I desired to be done. I have tryed to get another at New York without Success. Can you Sir, put me into any method to repair it?
I give you a great many thanks for your kindness in this matter while I am Ashamed to give you so much trouble and remain with my best respects to yourself and Mrs. Franklin Sir Your Assured Friend and Servant.
7. Not found.
8. See above, p. 197, for the beginning of Belcher’s project to be treated electrically for his palsy.