Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to William Coleman, 8 December 1757

To William Coleman5

MS not found; abstract: Minute-Book of the Academy Trustees, Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

At a Meeting of the Trustees at the Academy March 14th 1758


Richard Peters Thomas White
William Coleman Alexander Stedman

Mr. Franklin having by a Letter to Mr. Coleman dated from London Dec. 8th 1757 requested him to inform the Trustees that he had on their Account discharged a Bill of Articles for an Apparatus in Experimental Philosophy, amounting to £69 11s. Sterling and that he had further undertaken to pay Mr. Collinson a Ballance of £138 4s. 2d. Sterling due to him on the same Account and having in the same Letter likewise requested that the Trustees would remit him the Sum of £207 15s. 2d. Sterling to reimburse him; the Trustees present taking this Affair into Consideration are of Opinion that the above Sum of £207 15s. 2d. Sterling should forthwith be remited to Mr. Franklin by the Treasurer, and desire the President to issue an Order for that Purpose.6

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5See above, II, 406 n.

6BF had paid £69 11s. to Jonathan Sisson (an instrument maker, see above, IV, 448 n) on Nov. 2, 1757. He sent an account to Coleman, Sept. 12, 1758, showing that the Academy still owed him £132 14s. 5d., and only on March 4, 1759, did he record final settlement of this account. “Account of Expences,” pp. 6, 23, 24; PMHB, LV (1931), 104, 113, 116. The balance due to Collinson represented books and instruments the latter had bought for the Academy before BF’s arrival in England. See above, VI, 171–2, 228; and this volume pp. 49–50.

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