Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Joseph Smith, 15 July 1773

To Joseph Smith

AL (fragment of letterbook draft):3 Library of Congress

London, July 15. 1773


I am much obliged by your kind Care in receiving what the Assembly have been so good as to allow me. Please to

Mr Smith

[Franklin’s memorandum:] Wrote to Abel James and Govr. Franklin in Recommendation of Morris Birkbeck a Quaker who goes over to look for lands.4

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3The fragment has been crossed out, presumably by BF himself.

4The recommendations have been lost. Morris Birkbeck (1734?-1816) came from Guildford and was apparently a friend of David Barclay, through whom BF might naturally have met him. Birkbeck went to America and settled for a time in Pennsylvania, became acquainted with Anthony Benezet, and returned to England in 1775. The Philadelphia meeting certified him to the meeting in Settle, Yorks., where he seems to have been particularly concerned with elementary education. George S. Brookes, Friend Anthony Benezet (Philadelphia, 1937), p. 358; Hinshaw, Amer. Quaker Genealogy, II, 466.

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