Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to a Committee of the Library Company of Philadelphia, 25 July 1774

To a Committee of the Library Company of Philadelphia

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

London, July 25. 1774.


I send herewith per Capt. Falconer, a Box directed for the Library Company, containing the following new Books, which I hope will be agreeable to them; viz.

Sketches of the History of Man per Lord Kaims, 2 Vols 4to.

Letters of Lady Caroline Russel 4to.

Discovery of new northern Archipelago, 8vo.

Warton’s History of English Poetry. 4to.

Leland’s History of Ireland, 3 Vols. 4to.

Campbell’s political Survey of G Britain, 2 Vols 4to.

Lord Chesterfield’s Letters, 4 Vols 8vo.

Bryant’s ancient Mythology, 2 Vols 4to.

In another Box directed for the Philosophical Society, I send also for the Library Co.

Pennants Journeys into Scotland, 2 Vols 4to5

Please to apply for these to Dr. Rush. With my best Wishes of Success to the Institution, and Esteem for yourselves and the other Directors, I am, Gentlemen, Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Messrs. Samuel Rhoads
    Robt Strettell Jones
     Josiah Hewes

Addressed: To / Messrs Samuel Rhoads, / Robt Strettell Jones / Josiah Hewes / per Capt Falconer Philadelphia

Endorsed: Ltr: from Dr: Franklin  July 25th: 1774

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5This shipment, unlike the one discussed in BF’s letter above of Feb. 18, appears to have been of his own choosing. The books in the order of their listing were: (1) a work by BF’s old friend, Henry Home, Lord Kames, Sketches of the History of Man (2 vols., Edinburgh, 1774); (2) Thomas Sellwood, ed., Letters of Lady Rachel Russell … (London, 1773); (3) the recent translation from the German of Jakob Stälin von Storcksburg, An Account of the New Northern Archipelago, Lately Discovered by the Russians … (London, 1774); (4) the first volume of what became a much longer opus, Thomas Warton, The History of English Poetry … (4 vols., London, 1774–81); (5) Thomas Leland, The History of Ireland from the Invasion of Henry II … (3 vols., London, 1773); (6) John Campbell, A Political Survey of Britain, Being a Series of Reflections on the Situation, Lands, Inhabitants, Revenues, Colonies, and Commerce of This Island … (2 vols., London, 1774); (7) the second edition of Letters Written by the … Earl of Chesterfield, to His Son, Philip Stanhope … (4 vols., London, 1774); (8) the first two volumes of Jacob Bryant, A New System, or, an Analysis of Ancient Mythology … (3 vols., London, 1774–76); (9) two separate works, in all likelihood, by Thomas Pennant, A Tour in Scotland: MDCCLXIX … (3rd ed., Warrington, 1774), and A Tour in Scotland, and Voyage to the Hebrides, MDCCLXXII (Chester, 1774).

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