Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Joseph Galloway, 5 April 1771

From Joseph Galloway

ALS: Library of Congress

Philada. April 5th. 1771


By Order of the House of Representatives of the Province of Pennsylvania, I herewith transmit a Petition to his Majesty respecting the Duties imposed by the late Revenue Act of Parliament, which remain unrepealed.5 This Petition it is their Desire that you shoud present to his Majesty in the most proper Manner. I am Sir, with great Esteem and Regard your most obedient Servant

Joseph Galloway

Benjamin Franklin Esqr.

Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin Esquire / in / London

Endorsed: Jos. Galloway Esqr Ap. 5. 71.

Concg. Petition to the King

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5For the petition, dated March 5, 1771, see 8 Pa. Arch., VIII, 6658–9. The fact that it was addressed to the King indicates that the Assembly’s experience with its petitions in 1768 against the Townshend Acts (above, XV, 210–11, 249) had shown the uselessness of appealing to Parliament. For the fate of this petition see BF’s memorandum below, under the end of January, 1772.

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