Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to David Hall, 10 December 1761

To David Hall Duplicate

ALS: Glassboro (N.J.) State Teachers College


London Decr. 10, 1761

Dear Mr. Hall

Enclos’d are some Letters for you, left with me by Mr. Strahan. I have some Time since bespoke the Brevier you last desired, and hope it will now soon be ready.3

In your last you desire to know my Mind about Remitting, the Price of Bills being so high with you. What Money I have here is chiefly in the Funds, from whence I cannot withdraw it for present Use without great Loss, compar’d with the Price it will bear at a Peace. I am therefore very willing to allow the Price Bills may be at with you, for any Sums you may find convenient to remit to me. And they will be of particular Service about the Time of my leaving England, which I purpose the Beginning of the Summer, as I shall want to bring many Things with me. I now hope soon for the Pleasure of seeing you; being with great Esteem, Dear Friend, Yours affectionately

B Franklin

Pray send me the printed Votes of 1759, 60 and 61.

Jan. 9. 1761 [sic]. I have now receiv’d the above-mention’d Votes.4 BF.

Addressed: To / Mr David Hall / Printer / Philadelphia / Free / B Franklin

Endorsed: Franklin Decr. 10. 1761.5

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3For matters mentioned here, see Hall’s letter of Aug. 24, 1761, above, pp. 349–50. That of November 4 had not yet reached England when BF wrote the body of this letter.

4Possibly received a few days after Christmas with Hall’s letter of November 4; see above, p. 380 n.

5Hall acknowledged receiving this letter, April 15, 1762. It probably arrived during the first week of April on the Pennsylvania Packet, Capt. W. Gardner. Pa. Gaz., April 8, 1762.

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