From George Scott9
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Leeds the 12th. Sept. 1778
I arrived safe at home a fortnight ago. I staid in London a few days, and delivered punctually the messages committed to my care. Since my return I have thought much upon my project, and I continue determined to persevere; but I find I cannot Settle my dependencies, and concerns here, so soon as I could wish; for which reason I am obliged to solicit your friendly interference and assistance (if necessary) for a permission to return to settle my affairs here finally. If I can be accommodated with this indulgence, it will be a great convenience to me, and as a pledge of my sincerity, I will agree to deposit in the hands of congress, Five Hundred pounds Sterling, to be forfeited if I deviate from any engagement I may make with them relative to this subject. I will also agree (if required) not to carry any more Goods than what I carry over the first time; and these shall be to the amount of my own property as near as I can calculate, and may probably run to the amount of, from One to Two Thousand pounds Sterling. I would not sollicit such a favour if I did not see a necessity for it; and as I am sincere in my intentions, I hope this favour will not be denied me. I shall be glad to have your answer soon as convenient that I may regulate myself accordingly.
I beg you to accept my best thanks for the civillity with which you treated me at Passey, and I beg you to oblige me so far as to present my best compliments to Mr. Adams, Your Son and Mr. Austin, whose friendships, as well as your own I wish to secure. I am, with esteem Worthy Sir Your Most Obedient Servant
NB. When you write me, please put your letter under cover to Mr. Thomas Squire Merchant in Amsterdam.
Addressed: The Honble. Benj: Franklin Esqr. / at Passey / near / Paris
Notation: Geo Scott Duas [Leeds] 12. 7bre. 1778.
9. This friend of Joseph Priestley resumed corresponding with BF in the winter of 1780 with other elusive references to either the export of goods, emigration or both. Although we are unsure about his identity, he was most likely a merchant in Leeds who, in 1774, contributed to a new White Cloth Hall: The Publications of the Thoresby Society, XLIV (1955), 15; XXII (1912–14), 140–1.