Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Hope, 23 January 1772

From John Hope2

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Edinb 23d Janry 1772


I was honoured with yours of the 11th in Course of Post But defered acknowledging the Receipt of it till the box of plants arrived—which box came to hand yesterday and I hope I shall be able to save a few of them.

By an odd accident the medal has not been got ready and it may be still some weeks before it is. But as soon as it is ready, it shall be transmitted to you3 meantime I request you will inform me what you paid for the freight of the box of plants to London and the reshipping it at London.4

As soon as the medal is finished I shall write to Mr. Bartram to thank him for this present of the plants and avail myself of the permission you give of inclosing it under your Cover. I have the honour to be with much respect Your most obedient Servant

John Hope

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2The Edinburgh physician and botanist, who used BF as a go-between in communicating with John Bartram; see above, XVIII, 62. BF enclosed Hope’s letter in his to Bartram below, Oct. 17. Both arrived, for George Bartram, who despite his name was John’s son-in-law (above, XII, 16 n), later wrote on this one a note to the botanist on other business.

3Hope had offered Bartram a gold medal in place of the £7 10s. still owed him for seeds; see William Darlington, Memorials of John Bartram and Humphry Marshall (Philadelphia, 1849), pp. 435–6. The medal was delivered to BF in October and forwarded by him four months later: BF to Bartram below, Oct. 17, 1772; Feb. 10, 1773.

4Hope reimbursed BF 14s. 6d.: Jour., p. 39.

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