From James Parker
ALS: American Philosophical Society
[Woodbridge, December 23, 1769. Has crept back here to print the New Jersey laws.6 The enclosures will show (1) why the bill of exchange that Colden had promised is not sent; and (2) that Franklin has power of attorney, witnessed by the captain and mate of the ship, to recover the wages due Parker.7 Has written the Board of Customs Commissioners at Boston to resign from the customs house, and expects his wages only until January 6. His strength is somewhat recovered, but the weather is bitter cold; unless it warms the Delaware will soon be frozen.]
6. Since 1758 Parker had been the province’s official printer.
7. For these two matters see Parker to BF above, Dec. 16. The note from Colden, mentioned there in a footnote, was presumably one of the enclosures in this letter, because it is endorsed in an unidentified hand “J. Parker Dec. 23. 1769.”