Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from David Hall, 14 September 1757

From David Hall

Letterbook copy: American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia, 14th Septemr 1757

Dear Sir

I make no Doubt but long before this comes to hand, you have received the first and Second Copies of the second Hundred Pound. I sent you one by Capt. Arthur, Via Liverpool, the other by Capt. Lyon.7

Inclosed I have now sent you the first Copy of another Bill, for One hundred Pounds, the Exchange the same as the others, Sixty Seven and a half, which you will please to own the Receipt of, as soon as it reaches you, and likewise of what has been sent before. As there are only three setts of Hunter’s Bills8 shall send but two of them, till I hear of one at any Time being intercepted.

We shall begin in a Week or two more from this Date, to expect to hear from you in Case you have had the Good Luck to escape the Monsieurs, which by what we have heard lately, seems to be a pretty difficult Matter to do, as they cover the seas in a Manner with their Privateers &c. Yours &c.


To Benjamin Franklin Esqr. via Liverpool per Industry Cap. Nuttle

Copy Via Liverpool per the Philadelphia Capt. Ferguson Jr [?] per the Carolina Cap. Duncan

Wrote at the same time under Cover to his Father to Mr. William Franklin.9

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7See above, p. 237, for these payments, and p. 236, for a summary of Hall’s remittances to BF in England.

8According to the summary of Hall’s remittances, this bill was “drawn by Mr. John Hunter of New York on Messrs. Thomlinson, Hanbury, Colebrooke & Nesbitt. Merchants In London endorsed by Mr. John Nelson.” See above, VI, 223 n, for Hunter and Nelson, both of whom were associated with the London merchants mentioned here.

9Not found.

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