Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Charles Norris, 2 April 1757

To Charles Norris

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania


Saturday Afternoon [April 2, 1757]

Dear Sir

The enclos’d Account was settled by the late Commissioners, on which there is due to me £26 17s. 10d.5 It will oblige me, if without Inconvenience you can advance me the Money. The new Commissioners will at any time sign an Order for it; I am Yours affectionately

B Franklin

To Charles Norris Esqr.

[In the margin:]

26. 17. 10 B Franklin
90. 12. 0 Wm. Franklin.6
117. 9. 10

Addressed: To / Chas Norris Esqr

Endorsed: B Franklins request to pay £27 17s. 10d.7 Comrs Order for Guns furnishd the Province. &c. April. 2d. 1757

Per £1000 Entered

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5There is no order to BF for this amount in the records of either “the late Commissioners” or the new ones; it probably represents an unpaid balance of some larger order drawn under the £60,000 or £30,000 supply acts (see above, VI, 395–6, and this vol., pp. 3, 25), or Norris’ notation “per £1000 Entered” may indicate a sum still due BF for money he had advanced while on the committee to spend £1000 for defense in the fall of 1755; see above, VI, 165, 170–1. The pencilled “I.N.” at the top probably represents Speaker Isaac Norris’ approval of the payment.

6WF received £37 8s. 5d. from the Loan Office on April 2 for postage on public letters and £90 12s. 0d. the next day “for Writing done, and as Clerk to the Assembly.” Norris Papers, Hist. Soc. Pa.

7Obviously an error for £26 17s. 10d.

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