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From Benjamin Franklin to William Hodgson, 31 October 1781

To William Hodgson

AL (draft): Library of Congress; copies: Library of Congress, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Passy Oct. 31. 1781

Dear Sir,

I have ordered another Sum into your hands for the Prisoners,9 and will keep you constantly supply’d so as that you may furnish them with a Shilling each per Week from the middle of November to the Middle of March.

I hear nothing from Digges. Do you know what is become of him?

I am infinitely oblig’d to you and your Friends at Plymouth & Portsmouth for your kind Care of our poor People. I beg the Continuance of it. I wish it was in my Power to supply those honest brave patient Fellows more liberally. I will endeavour, if possible, to make their Winter Allowance 18 pence.

With great and sincere Esteem, I am ever, Dear Sir,

Mr Wm Hodgson Mercht. Colman Street, London

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9On Nov. 5 Grand recorded a payment of £400 (9,307 l.t., 15 s., 3 d.) to Hodgson: Account XXVII (XXXII, 4).

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