Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Brown, Collinson & Tritton, 10 January 1780

To Brown, Collinson & Tritton5

ALS (draft): American Philosophical Society

Passy, Jan. 10. 1780


I drew on you some time since for £70.8.0 in favour of Mr Caslon.6 I request a Sketch of my Account, containing all the Articles since my Arrival in France in December 1776. I am, Gentlemen, Your humble Servant

B Franklin

Messrs Brown, Collinson & Tritton, Bankers, London

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5The London banking firm added the third partner in 1778: F.G. Hilton Price, A Handbook of London Bankers … (New York, 1876; reprinted, 1970), p. 20.

6At some point in November or early December, 1779, BF sent Caslon a second order for type (see XXX, 611) and enclosed a draft on Brown, Collinson & Tritton for the sum mentioned here. Caslon answered via WTF that since the bankers had no direct order from BF to pay the draft, they would not do so. They would, however, write to BF about the matter. (Caslon to WTF, Dec. 7, 1779, APS.) Their letter has not survived, but this note of BF’s may have satisfied them. On March 11, 1780, BF noted in the Cash Book that Caslon had been paid.

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