To William Franklin
MS not found; extract reprinted from [Jared Sparks, ed.], A Collection of the Familiar Letters and Miscellaneous Papers of Benjamin Franklin Now for the First Time Published (Boston, 1833), p. 280.
[June 13th, 1767]
The Ilinois affair goes forward but slowly.2 Lord Shelburne told me again last week, that he highly approved of it, but others were not of his sentiments, particularly the Board of Trade. Lyman3 is almost out of patience, and now talks of carrying out his settlers without leave.
2. Plans for a grant of land and a settlement in the Illinois Country are mentioned repeatedly in Volume XIII, above; see especially pp. 414–15, for BF’s report on the state of the discussions in September 1766.
3. Phineas Lyman of Connecticut, who was actively soliciting a grant for a company of military veterans from his colony; above, XIII, 414 n.