From [Charles Norris and Thomas Leech]9
Draft: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Octr. 1. 1761
We have now to Acquaint You that by a Resolve of the House of Assembly of this Province the last week We were Ordered Imediately to draw on You for the Parliamentary Grant Allotted for this Province by the Lords of the Treasury for the 1758. And We are now preparing the Bills of Exchange and Geting all things in readiness for that purpose.2
We are in Behalf of the Trustees Your assured Friends
To Benja: Franklin Esqr
Sent 2 to New York—1 of which Suppose went per Pacquet.3
1 to Hollyhead per Brig Sally Capt. Hervey Oct. 17. 1761
Sent I:Ns. Letters to B.F and R.C per ditto.
9. So identified because on Nov. 17, 1761, BF acknowledged receiving from these two trustees of the General Loan Office “a Notification (dated Octob. 1. 1761)” that the trustees had been ordered to draw upon him for Pa.’s share of the parliamentary grant for 1758; see below, p. 383. For the Assembly’s order to the Trustees to draw on BF, Sept. 19, 1761, see 8 Pa. Arch., VI, 5262–3.
1. The initials “I.N.” in the upper left hand corner indicate that this paper, like many others relating to Assembly business, was turned over to Speaker Isaac Norris and filed by him.
2. An undated draft memorandum (also initialed “I.N.”) explains that because of the heavy subscription for these bills of exchange by merchants, no one person was to be allowed to subscribe to more than £500 worth. The memorandum then gives the “Form of the Bills” to be printed. Hist. Soc. Pa.
3. For the departure of the packet General Wall and the brig Sally (or Sarah) see the next to last footnote to the document immediately above.