From James Parker
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Burlington, Nov. 6. 1765
This Moment yours of Sept. 17.6 I received, and as the Packet is tho’t will be discharged immediately, tho’ I have the Gout in my right Hand, the first Fit I have had since I been here, I venture to write a few Lines. The dreadful Commotions in this Country now, you will doubtless hear from abler Hands: I have almost done the Book I am about here:7 I have not heard lately from Mr. Hughes of New York: I was to have gone there next Week, but believe it will be a Week longer at least: I will write to him, assoon as I can, and will endeavour all the Ways in my Power to procure either the Goods you sent or the Money—And will let you know assoon as I can what I can do.8
As I am to leave this Place, and Printing-House, &c. I should be glad to know what I shall do with these Materials,9 &c. I would have wrote a good deal, but when you know my Hand is in pain, tho’ otherways pretty well, you will excuse my Brevity. With all our respectful Salutations remain Your most obliged Servant
Addressed: To / Dr. Benjamin Franklin / Craven Street / London
6. Not found.
7. Parker had been in Burlington since the spring, printing Samuel Smith’s The History … of Nova-Caesaria, or New Jersey; see above, p. 87 n.
8. Hugh Hughes (above, X, 290 n), brother of John Hughes, had ordered through BF an electrical machine and a variety of other goods which he intended to sell for profit. During the summer of 1765, Hughes was plunged into desperate financial straits because of the failure of a certain Mr. Blagge, for whom he had been the security for over £500. Since Hughes was unable to take the goods, Parker, probably acting under instructions from BF, took charge of them and tried to sell them without notable success. See above, p. 232, and below, p. 408; also Parker to BF, Jan. 4–12, 1766, and later letters. APS.
9. Parker was using printing equipment which had originally belonged to Benjamin Mecom and which he had shipped from New York to Burlington. See above, p. 87.