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ALS : American Philosophical Society Inclosed you will have as far a general State of the Accounts, as I could hitherto get done: by the Dates’ thereof, you will see part of them were done the latter End of February last, and some part just now: I have been at them this Spell but three Days, and my Business will not permit me to stay longer this Time: but as soon as ever it will permit, I will...
ALS : American Philosophical Society In Hopes you have received a Letter from me since your Leaving us, which I sent inclosed in one to Mr. Strahan, from New York, per a Merchant Ship, I now attempt a Second to you: I therein told you, I had taken Dunlap’s Deed to you according to your Instructions, and taken McCleave’s Bond for the Money he proposed on that Score. I was returned from...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I this day received a letter from Mr. Wilmot dated 30 March last wherein he says “before you receive this letter you will have received his Majestys Confirmation of the act Confirming the Division line from Doctor Franklin the Provincial agent. A Confirmation of the act of New york has likewise been transmitted from Mr. Burke Agent for that Province. When I...
ALS : American Philosophical Society This Day yours of the 22d December and 4th January via Philadelphia, came to Hand. And tho’ I had determined not to trouble you with long Epistles, yet at this Time I think I shall tire your Patience: if so, lay the Letter by, till you have more Leisure. My Son arrived here the Beginning of January, when I had been laid up with the Gout five or 6 Days. He...
ALS : American Philosophical Society [New York, October 24. Repeats the information in his letter of October 17, adding only that his son had tried to swindle Franklin as well as Thomas Cumming, that William Franklin has arrived at Sir William Johnson’s, and that Parker’s lawsuit with Holt drags on.]
ALS : American Philosophical Society When you embarked at Chester, I purposed to return that Night, but I could not: However, I got to Philadelphia next Day before Noon: I immediately applied to Dunlap’s Affair, as McCleave had arrived before me: I found all the Security Dunlap had was McCleave’s Bond, and McCleave could give no other Security. So I at last took his McCleave’s Bond for £44 15 s...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Yours of Feb 10. by the Harriot Packet, I just received. She and the Lord Hide Packet came both in at Once. My last to you was the 8th March, by Capt. Munds, who had lain here a long While: Since that having received some Money from Boston and Bills being low here, only 65, I laid it out in a Bill for £150 Sterling drawn by Wats and McEvers, on Harley and...
ALS : American Philosophical Society No Packet having arrived here lately, that of August from England being the last, and this Opportunity being near I must scribble a few Lines to you. I sent you, per Capt. Miller, a Power to get any Wages that may be due to me. My last to you was per the Duke Packet, immediately after my Return from New-Haven: since which Mr. Ingersol has wrote Mr. Foxcroft...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Yours of the 2d and 12th of December, per Packet, I received, and observe the Contents of it: I shall be obliged to enlarge in this to be as particular as I can about the New-Haven Affair, and the Hartford Rider. Before I was directed up to New-Haven as Evidence I did not dream that Holt would stand that Trial as he did: Upon my Qualification, I declared to...
ALS : American Philosophical Society [New York, October 6–7, 1769. Sent the Post Office account book with his letter of October 5. Confined to his room and can barely sit up. Has not touched Benjamin Mecom’s books, but will as soon as he is able to stir——if he ever is. Postscript of Sept. ( i.e. , Oct.) 7: encloses originals of Hubbart’s two bills, of which seconds went by his letter of...
ALS : American Philosophical Society This only covers the 2d of each of three Setts of Bills of Exchange, the first of which I sent per Lord Hide Packet, Capt. Goddard, the 23d and 25th of last Month, not having any new Acquisitions or Receipts since: One is for £150 Sterling Wats & McEvers on Harley and Drummond——Another for £100 Sterling from Quebec, Colin Drummond on Nesbit, Drummond &...
ALS : American Philosophical Society This comes with my unhappy Son. How far he may be an Object of your Regard, is left entirely to your own Discretion. I have Nothing else to say in his Favour, but wish he may Merit some of your Good Will, which is all with our best Regards, from Your most obliged Servant Addressed: For / Benjamin Franklin, Esqr. / Craven-Street / London / per S.F: Parker
ALS : American Philosophical Society Both yours of the 20th and 25th I received late last Night: I shall endeavour now to answer to both, as well as I can. With Respect to Mr. Strahan: Tho’ I wrote to him a while ago, that I would see he was paid, if he would wait a little longer; I told him the Case and that I was in hopes to get it of Mr. Holt, but if he fail’d, I would at last see it paid:...
AD : Yale University Library [The accounts of Parker’s remittances as comptroller of the Post Office run from May 1, 1769, to May 14, 1770; the sixteen bills of exchange listed total £1,1899 19 s . 1 d . The endorsement, in Franklin’s hand, refers to Parker as the “late Comptroller.”] The details of these transactions appear above, XVI , 130, 159, 162, 180, 185, 186, 215–16, 269, and in...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Tho’ I have not had the Pleasure of one Line from you for many Months past yet I will write a Word or two. Mrs. Franklin I hear expects you in the August Packet, but your Son, who is gone to Albany just now, told me he hardly expected you. I have not heard a Word from my unhappy Son, whether he be dead or alive, tho’ I heard the Vessel he went in arrived...
ADS : American Philosophical Society Know ALL Men by these Presents, That I James Parker, Land-Waiter in his Majesty’s Customs at New-York, in America, have made, ordained and constituted, and by these Presents, do make, ordain and constitute Benjamin Franklin, Esqr. of Craven-Street, in the City of London, and Kingdom of Great Britain my true and lawful Attorney, for me and in my Name, and...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Since the New-Year I wrote you per Capt. Farquhar in a Merchantman: This being the first Packet we have had this three Months. I have very little extraordinary to inform you of, further than my last. Only I continue to creep along Slowly. You will see I have altered the Day of my Paper back to Monday, and the Hartford Rider is suppress’d. The Commissioners...
ALS : American Philosophical Society You never gave me the Satisfaction to know, whether you ever received any Arrears for me, at the Custom-House, or what. The News-papers in general, shew you the Condition of the Commissioners at Boston. Last Week came here from Boston, on[e] Esqr. Williams, who is called Inspector General of the Custom’s. He comes to set all the Officers in their right in...
ALS : American Philosophical Society [Woodbridge, December 23, 1769. Has crept back here to print the New Jersey laws. The enclosures will show (1) why the bill of exchange that Colden had promised is not sent; and (2) that Franklin has power of attorney, witnessed by the captain and mate of the ship, to recover the wages due Parker. Has written the Board of Customs Commissioners at Boston to...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Some Time ago, I wrote requesting you to send me a Fount of Pica and one of Long-Primer. If this be not too late I would counter order the Pica only for this Reason: The Low Dutch Congregation here, are about having part of their Time of Worship to be English, and so got the Psalms turn’d into Verse in English to suit their Dutch Tunes: for which purpose,...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Yours of April 16, with Mr. Strahan’s Memorandum about Holt, I received per Packet. It is a bad Stroke for me, as I never had or received the Books, that I have been made to pay for, and shall never have any other Satisfaction for them. But I will not complain any more: I have now been sufficiently used to such Matters. It is possible, by the Time you...
ALS : American Philosophical Society [New York, Aug. 12, 1769. Sent by the packet the seconds of two bills of exchange, Hubbart’s for £122 and Vernon’s for £15, and the first of a bill for £50 that Parker bought in New York; encloses the second of that, together with the first of a bill just received from Hubbart for £200, Folger upon Allnutt, of which the second will follow shortly. Mr....
ALS : American Philosophical Society The 12th of this Month I wrote you per Packet, and sent the first Bill of a Set for £100 Sterling of which this incloses the second of the same: to that I refer for Particulars. You have never told me, whether you have received any of my Pay from the Custom-House. As if you have, I should be glad if you would pay Mr. Potts for two years of the Chronicle. It...
ALS : American Philosophical Society This Moment yours of Sept. 17. I received, and as the Packet is tho’t will be discharged immediately, tho’ I have the Gout in my right Hand, the first Fit I have had since I been here, I venture to write a few Lines. The dreadful Commotions in this Country now, you will doubtless hear from abler Hands: I have almost done the Book I am about here: I have not...
ALS : American Philosophical Society As I have never had the Pleasure of one single Line from you, in answer to several I have wrote, I can now say but little, I have made no further Progress in the Accounts yet, than what I mentioned in my last: being obliged to stay at home some Time past: I wrote you all I could, or did, about your Concerns with Dunlap, but having no Answer, am at a Loss to...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Tho’ it is but 4 Days since I wrote per Packet, yet this Opportunity offering I send again, with this Day’s Paper, tho’ there is Nothing of Importance in it: Nor any Thing of private Intelligence, than that we are much as we were: nor have I had Time since my last to see about any Thing wrote about in my last: but as the Packet is to go next Monday I shall...