Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Darling and Nathan Whiting, 12 March 1754

To Thomas Darling and Nathan Whiting

ALS: William L. Clements Library

Philada. March 12. 1754


I wrote to you about a Month since, and sent you a Set of Bills for £15. 11s. 5d. Sterling, which I hope you have receiv’d.

Some Time in next Month I hope to have the Pleasure of seeing you at Newhaven, when any little Affairs between us may easily be settled.2

The Bearer, Mr. Bordley, is a Merchant of Maryland, deservedly esteem’d by all that know him.3 He is entirely a Stranger in Connecticut; and by showing him the Civilities of your Town, you will have the Satisfaction of obliging a very worthy Man; for as such I heartily recommend him to you.

I am, Gentlemen, Your most humble Servant

B Franklin

Messrs Darling & Whiting

Addressed: To  Messrs Darling & Whiting  Merchts  Newhaven  per favr of  Mr Bordley

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2BF did not visit New Haven in April 1754, as he had expected.

3Probably John Beale Bordley (1727–1804), lawyer and agriculturist, who was a merchant before entering public life and developing his plantation on Wye Island in Chesapeake Bay. DAB; Olive M. Gambrill, “John Beale Bordley and the Early Years of the Philadelphia Agricultural Society,” PMHB, LXVI (1942), 410–39.

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