Benjamin Franklin Papers

Pennsylvania Assembly Committee of Correspondence to Benjamin Franklin and Richard Jackson, 15 October 1768

Pennsylvania Assembly Committee of Correspondence to Benjamin Franklin and Richard Jackson

Printed in The Votes and Proceedings of the House of Representatives of the Province of Pennsylvania, Met at Philadelphia, on the Fourteenth of October, A.D. 1768, and Continued by Adjournments (Philadelphia, 1769), p. 6.

Philadelphia, Oct. 15, 1768.


By Order of Assembly we inclose you the Resolves, by which you are appointed joint Agents to solicit and transact the Affairs of this Province in Great-Britain during the ensuing Year, as well as the one appointing us a Committee of Correspondence, 1 to whom you are desired from time to time to communicate all such Matters as may be necessary to be laid before the House of Representatives.

The last House having, by several Letters, 2 fully instructed you with Respect to Paper-Currency, the Change of this Government from Proprietary to Royal, and the Duties lately imposed by Parliament on the Importation of Paper, Glass, &c. into the Colonies, we are ordered by this House to refer you to those Instructions, which are as fully approved of and adopted by them, as if they were herein particularly recapitulated; and to desire that you will duly attend to every Matter and Thing therein communicated as carefully and cautiously as if they were here repeated.

The House having a perfect Confidence in your Attachment to the Interest of the Province, and Abilities to serve it, think it unnecessary to add more at present than to request that you will be particularly attentive to promote every Measure which may tend to the true Interest of the Province, with that of the other Colonies, united with the Welfare of the Mother-Country, and to endeavour by all Means in your Power to guard against and prevent every Thing of a contrary Nature. We are, Gentlemen, with due Esteem, Your assured Friends and very humble Servants, 3

John Ross, Joseph Richardson,
William Rodman, Joseph Fox,
Isaac Pearson, Thomas Livezey.
Joseph Galloway, Speaker,

1Pa. Arch. VII, 6287–8. The Speaker also sent BF, presumably with this letter, authorization to spend £100 on a telescope and micrometer, requested by the APS for observing the transit of Venus. Ibid., p. 6289.

2See above, XIV, 285–8, and the letters of Feb. 20 and Sept. 22, 1768.

3Except for Pemberton, who was reappointed to the committee but did not sign, the members are those identified above in the letter of Jan. 19, 1768.

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