John Penn and the Provincial Commissioners: Order to Pay Benjamin Franklin
DS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philada. Jany. 11th. 1765.
Pay to Benjamin Franklin Esqr. or order the Sum of Fifty five Pounds in full of his Salary as a Commissioner appointed to dispose of and apply the late Grant from this Province of £55,000 to His Majesty’s Use.1
1. For BF’s activities as a provincial commissioner under the £55,000 Supply Act of May 30, 1764, see above, XI, 221–4.
2. The signatures are those of the governor and all the other provincial commissioners except John Baynton.
3. The three men named here were the trustees of the Loan Office appointed in the Supply Act.
4. The accounts of the General Loan Office audited and reported to the Assembly Sept. 18, 1766, record the payments of £55 to each of the seven commissioners, Jan. 12–18, 1765. 8 Pa. Arch., VII, 5919–20. Fox probably turned over to DF the amount he had received for BF. There is no record in BF’s accounts that it was transmitted to him in London.