Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Conrad Weiser, Jonas Seely, and James Read, 30 December 1755

To Conrad Weiser, Jonas Seely,9 and James Read

ALS: Grand Lodge F. and A.M. of Pennsylvania

Easton, Dec. 30. 1755.


We are just on the Point of setting out for Bethlehem, in our Way to Reading, where we propose to be (God willing) on Thursday Evening.1 The Commissioners are all well, and thank you for the Concern you express for their Welfare.2 We hope to have the Pleasure of finding you well. No News this Way, except that Aaron Depui’s Barn3 was burnt last Week, the Indians still keeping near those Parts. In haste, I am Gentlemen Your humble Servant

B Franklin

To Weiser, Seely and Read Esqrs

Addressed: To / Conrad Weiser / Jonas Seely / James Read / Esquires / Reading

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Jonas Seely (c. 1710–1800), prominent Berks County justice, treasurer, and landowner, shared leadership of defensive measures there with Weiser and Read. George W. Schultz, “The Three Seely Brothers in Berks County,” Hist. Rev. of Berks County, V (1940), 82–4.

1See above, p. 308. They arrived in Reading early Thursday afternoon, Jan. 1, 1756.

2No communication from these men to the commissioners has been found.

3See above, p. 311 n.

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