Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Daniel Fisher, 28 July 1755

To Daniel Fisher

MS not found; reprinted from The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, XVII (1893), 275–6.

Monday morning, July 28 [1755]


Till our new building is finished,11 which I hope will be in two or three weeks, I have no room to accommodate a clerk. But it is my intention to have one, though my business is so small that I cannot afford to give more than I have always given, Viz.: Diet at my own Table, with Lodging and Washing and £25 per Annum.

I could never think this worth offering to you but if you think fit to accept it, till something better shall fall in the way, you shall be very welcome to, &c.

B. Franklin.

P.S. It may commence from the time you first began to write for me, in which case I discharge your Board, &c., at Mr. Soumien’s,12 or from the present time, and then I pay you for the writing done, or if you choose it, I will get you into the Charity School, as I mentioned before.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

11What building operations BF referred to is not known.

12Samuel Soumien (or Soumaine), silversmith, with whom Fisher lodged, paying 12s. a week. PMHB, XVII (1893), 271.

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