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ALS : Yale University Library The petition from the Massachusetts House enclosed in the following letter marked another advance in the logic leading toward independence. Whitehall’s intention to pay colonial officials out of revenue drawn from America by the Townshend duties was engendering greater and greater opposition in the Bay Colony. In 1771 Hutchinson had exacerbated it by refusing to...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I was unfortunate in not being able to go to Birmingham, till a Day after you left it. The apparatus you constructed with the Bladder and Funnel I took into my Pond the next Day, whilst I was bathing, and fill’d the Bladder well with unmix’d Air, that rose from the muddy Bottom, and tying it up, brought it Home, and then pricking the Bladder with a Pin, I...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I am sorry the Silk I have sent will not answer the intend porpose as its out of the common way of trade. I shall be satisfied in haveing it Manufacturd according to the proposal provided its the coular of the pattren. I am sorry to have giving so much trouble but as my kinde Neighbour Docter Franklin is pleas to advise I therefore leave it intirely to you....
AL : American Philosophical Society Doctor Watson presents his complements to Doctor Franklin. He has twice called at his house in hopes of Seeing him; At his convenience if he will call in Henrietta Street, it may be Settled when the expedition to Purfleet may take place; as it Should be, before the Summer is too far advanced. Mr. Cavendish Seldom fails of coming there. Whenever the meeting...
ALS (incomplete and mutilated): American Philosophical Society [ Beginning mutilated ] advice, because I [ torn ] I think afterward indeed I am [ torn ] fearing that he is Spending his [ torn ] nought his Situation puts me in [mind of a quotation?] I have somewere seen [ illegible ] the God if the [ torn ] to hold attendance and Dependence be [ torn ]. Agreeable to your Orders Some [ torn
ALS : American Philosophical Society I take my departure for Glasgow in a few Hours, having heard yesterday Evening of an inviting Opportunity of a Ship for the Forth which sails immediately. Im sorry that Im so much hurried as not to be able to see You before I go. I shall take Care and deliver the Vollume of the American Transactions to the Questor of our Library. I beg the favour of being...
ALS : Historical Society of Pennsylvania We have agreed to go to Purfleet on friday morning: we propose setting out a ½ an hour past 9; so that I suppose we shall be there about one at latest. I am sorry I could not send you notice sooner; but Dr. Watson was not able to fix on a day sooner. As I imagine friday is about the time you thought of coming to town, you perhaps might like to come back...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I am Hartly glad to hear your so well. I have sent all Leters that ar in my Posstion. Mr. Alexander and Mr. Small has called, and that is all. News I have none Capt. Falciner I have not seen. Hewsons ar well but Litill Boy is verey Poorly. I my self am, verey so so, I can not write but if aney news should come to my hear your Poly shall Transmit to you for...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I have this Day deliver’d your Clock to Mr. Clark, who Inn’s at the Ball in Wood street and hope it will Arrive Safe and to your Sattisfaction. Please to unlock the door, and you will find the Screws, which fasten the Case in the Packing Case. The weights, Ball, Pulley, &c. are Packed between bottom of the Clock and Packing Cases. And please to draw the...
AL : American Philosophical Society I reseved yours by the packit it gives me much pleshuer to hear that you air well and happey. I was in hopes that a packit or a vesill wold [have?] arived before this wente as I saw it in the papers as I was in hopes that wold in forme when you intend to returne agen to your one [own] home. I cante write to you as I am so verey unfitt to expres my selef and...
LS : the Royal Society Winn was a pioneer in this attempt to apply observations on the aurora borealis to forecasting the weather. His hypothesis was related, no doubt accidentally, to two earlier observations: that high winds follow an auroral display, and that a storm moves in an opposite direction from the winds it creates. His theory, when Franklin had it published and added comments of...
ALS : American Philosophical Society When and where this may find you my Dear Sir I know not, but I hope soon, and that you [may be] in good health. I fancy my fears made [me tremble?] more than I believe I ought to have [done. But?] I own I thought you much indispo[sed when last?] I saw you in Craven Street, and I a[llow that] I was conceited enough to think that I cou’d [have] precribd...
ALS : American Philosophical Society En vous soumettant mon petit ouvrage, qui a pour titre Filosofia Frankliniana sopra le Punte preservatrici del fulmine, &c. c’est le mettre entre les mains d’un Philosophe connu dans le Public pour un des plus illustres, dont les heureuses inventions ont fait faire un si grand Progrès à la Physique. Votre grand esprit, propre de la Nation Angloise, et vos...
AL : Historical Society of Pennsylvania Mr. Lee’s Compliments to Dr. Franklin. The Gentleman who deliverd him the inclosd Letter, having informd him, that the Bearer of it from Mr. Cushing was under an express injunction to deliver it to Dr. Lee in the absence of Dr. Franklin, as the Contents requird immediate attention; Mr. L. took the Liberty of opening it. The Contents however appear to Mr....
ALS : American Philosophical Society As you will probably write to Philadelphia by some of the Vessels now about to sail thither, may I request the favour of you to remind Mr. Galloway of the Money due to me for Types and Newspapers sent to Mr. Goddard by his Order above four Years ago, and which, as stated in my Letter to him of the 6th. Decr. 1770. amounted then to £172 15 s. 2 d. ? I wrote...
ALS : American Philosophical Society It is almost sufficient to discourage any Man from continuing to write, who has sent so many Letters as I have to you since the 16th of August last Year, without receiving an Answer to any one besides the first, and that after Six Months had elapsed. But I will suppose they have miscarried: I can not believe that Doct. Franklin will withdraw his Friendship...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Inclosed is the Receit for the Books. They told me at the Coffeehouse yesterday, that the Captain takes his Bag away tomorrow. Please to remember your Engagement to dine with me tomorrow at 4. I am ever Dear Sir Your affectionate humble Servant Addressed: To / Dr. Franklin / Craven Street Aug. 27 also fell on a Thursday in 1767, but in that year BF would...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I will not let this Post slip without making to You my hearty congratulations on your being elected by the French Academy of Sciences to be one of it’s eight foreign Members, a truely illustrious Society; and I will freely say it, even to You, because I think it, that Your Election does honour to the Judgement of the Academy. On my Arrival here the 21st. I...
ALS : Historical Society of Pennsylvania The great regard I have for my friend M Skey the bearer of this, engages me to take the liberty to introduce him to you. He wants some information with respect to the new Settlement intended at the Ohio, and as I am very sensible your opinion will be of great use, I presume to ask your favoring him with your sentiments on that head, for a guide to him...
ALS (incomplete): American Philosophical Society [ Beginning lost. ] Je ne vous dirai rien de Mademoiselle Biheron qui a l’honneur de vous ecrire elle même, et qui aime autant a peu pres que moi a s’entretenir de vous. Mais je vous proteste que ma femme est si eprise de la même passion pour vous que nos Pretres, et nos Moines perdent tous les jours de leur credit sur son esprit, cecy soit...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I am Sorrey to Trouble you with aney Triflings matters of mine but as it is uncertain that I shall Return Directly to London or go Elswhere I must beg the Favor of you to Call on mr. Samuel wharton when the Grant is made for my Right for Forty Thousand acres for which he has already Received Fifty pounds Sterling of mildreed & Roberts where his order to...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Je suis tres sensible à l’honneur de votre souvenir et vous remercie de votre grasieuse lettre; je saisis avec empressement l’occasion de Mr. Walsh pour vous envoyer le discours de notre Cour des Aides fait par notre Celebre Magistrat Mr. Malherbe. Jaurois souhaité qu’il fut imprimé tel qu’il est je desire qu’il vous soit agreeable. Je suis bien faché que...
ALS : Yale University Library I have the Misfortune to acquaint you that last week poor Mungo got out of his Cage and was killed by a Dog. I was really very much concerned for it, as I am remarkably fond of all Squirrels, and particularly valued Mungo as being the Gift of my good Friend. I perfer’d it to the European Squirrels for being more Gentle and Goodhumored and full as lively. Papa and...
AL : American Philosophical Society The Count of Belgioioso presents His best Compliments to Dr. Franklin and would take it as a particular Favour if He’d please to inform Him where the Person lives who makes the Glasses for the Harmonica according to His Invention: as the French Embassadour who is a great Lover of Musick and is desireous of having One enquired to The Count about this said...
ALS : American Philosophical Society J’aurois repondu plutot Monsieur et cher confrère, à la lettre que vous m’avez fait l honneur de m’écrire; si je n’avois voulu vous parler de celle que vous m’avez fait remettre, par LAbbé Morellet, pour M. Le Duc de la Vrillière. J’ai conçu, par là, que vous desiriez que je la remisse en main propre à ce Ministre, et ce n’est que depuis quelques Jours, que...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I have Sent you enclosed Dr. Priestley’s letter to you, together with another which I received from him last night. Indeed I don’t know whether to be glad or Sorry on account of his rejection of Lord Shelburne’s proposal. I love him and am heartily concerned for him and wish he was better provided for. I think myself extremely obliged to you for mentioning...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I reciev’d thy Letter of the 6. Feby. but not till after the dissolution of the late Assembly which I believe was in consequence of a request they made at the close of their last Session after they had granted the money requested for the supply of the Troops and were on good terms with the Governor, the matter in dispute being amicably settled. The present...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Since my last I am favored with yours of the 4th [?] 14 and 16 July by the Captain’s Osborne All and Sparks, the first dated at Preston, where I find you have been making happy by your Presence a good Old Woman and her four Daughters. Captain All told us he never saw you look better than when he left London so [that] we were pleasing ourselves with the...
AL : American Philosophical Society Mr. Jesser presents his Compliments to Dr. Franklin and is sorry he had not the Pleasure of finding him at home at any of the times he called. The Governors of the London Hospital will be much obliged to the Doctor if he will write to Mr. Colden and Mr. Dixon by this day’s Mail what the Dr. thinks to be necessary on the State of the Case which Mr. Jesser...
ALS : American Philosophical Society J’arrive de la campagne ou j’ai passé deux jours, et j’ai enfin trouvé a mon arrivée le manuscrit de la traduction de vos oeuvres par M. Lesqui (le premontré) qu’il avoit depuis si longtems egarée, et pour quoi je l’avois beaucoup harcelé surtout depuis une quinzaine de jours. En consequence, vous pouvez compter que je vais dès aujourd’huy me mettre à...
ALS (mutilated): American Philosophical Society I inclose three Bills of Exchange the Amount of your last Years Salary drawn by Sterlg. John Wilcocks on Alexr. and Jas. Baillie for £142 9 s. 6½ d.   Do Do for 166 15 s. 3½ d. Daniel Roberdeau on John Trevanion Esqr. 190
ALS : American Philosophical Society I informed you by the Packet which sailed a few Days ago, that I had received yours of the 14th. and 15th. of July, and 8th. of August, but that the one you mention to have wrote to me on the 3d. of Augst. at Mr. Sargent’s was not come to hand. My Mother, however, has I find received one of that Date from you by the Packet, which makes me suspect that mine...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I received your favour dated July 22 and am very happy that my Letter gave you satisfaction: I am only concern’d that the length and frequency of them, will be tedious and troublesome to You. I am glad to find by your Letter just received for my Father, that you are well enough recovered from the Gout to be in the N England Coffee House. In my last I...
LS : Library of Congress We transmit inclosed the Resolves of the House appointing us their Committee of Correspondence, and you their Agent to transact the Affairs of this Province in Great Britain. The Instructions given by former Assemblies, respecting the Trade and Commerce and other general Rights, and Liberties of America, have been so full and explicit, that nothing material occurs in...
Minutebook copy: Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia It is with much satisfaction we received Intelligence from our Friend David Barclay, by his Letter of the 27th Augst. That, “by Order of the Court of Chancery there is transferred to you, for the use of the Pennsylvania Hospital, Seven thousand, six hundred and thirty four pounds 11 s. 1 d. three per Cent reduced Bank Annuities, Also that...
ALS : American Philosophical Society My Mother hopes you receiv’d a Letter from Mr. Collinson, for she desir’d him to write to you one evening about a Bill which he told her was not accepted. The enclos’d are all that came since you heard last from us. Mr. Strahan presents his Respects to you and begs the Favour of your Company at Dinner next Tuesday to meet Sir John Pringle and some body...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I hope you will excuse my troubling you in the Country, if I could have found you in Town I had not. Yet I hope this will give you some pleasure as well as Trouble. I call’d in Craven Street found them busy in moving and Mrs. Stevenson much engaged. I have just received the inclosed printed Paper from Paris, and as I have but this one, beg the favour of you...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Je travaille autant qu’il est en moi à remplir mes engagemens, en refondant en entier la traduction de vos excellens ouvrages; mais je sens trop ce qui me manque pour esperer de rendre la copie digne de l’original. Trouvez bon que je vous demande quelques eclaircissemens à mesure que j’avancerai. Je ne trouve point dans le dictionaire le mot orreries page...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I have this morning received the [enclosed] Letter from a friend at Lewes, and though it may contain nothing that is new or very material, yet I take the liberty of sending it to you thinking it may employ a few leisure minutes if you have any such. I this morning left at Mr. Nairnes a drawing for an instrument to shew your beautiful experiments with the...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I writ to you on the 13th. Inst. by Capt. All, and informed you that yours of the 3d. of Augst. was not come to hand; since which I have received it by the Septr. Packet. What prevented it from coming by the Augst. Packet, as my Mother’s of the same Date did, I know not. I have likewise received yours of the 17th. of Augst. by Sutton (I believe,) and your...
ALS : Library of Congress I beg leave to lay before you an affair very interesting to all in our Communion and to some thousands of other religious denominations in this extensive province. Ten petitions from sundry parts of the province were laid before our Legislative body last winter Setting forth the complication of grievances we labour under arising from our Conscientious Scruples about...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I have to acknowledge Receipt [of your letter of?] 22 August per Falconer. Captain Falconer has left his Ship, as she is going to Carolina for a Frieght of Rice, he purposes staying at Home this Winter. At the Request of Mr. Baynton, I send you an Extract of a Letter from Mr. Hooper a surveyor, to him, respecting the Western Boundary of this Province &c....
Minutebook copy: Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia This accompanies duplicate of our last since which we have received Benja. Franklin’s favour of the [ blank ]. In pursuance of what we proposed, we have since drawn on you the following Bills at thirty days sight vizt. No.1 payable to James Pearson for £100. 2 ditto to ditto 100. 3 ditto to ditto 175. £375. 4 ditto to Joseph King sign’d by...
ALS : Historical Society of Pennsylvania I have here before me thy kind letter of august 22 1772. I sowed the Rhubarb seed in two places the one in the sun the other in A shady cool place. That which was in the cool place growed the leaves was as big as the palm of my hand but not palmated perhaps it may be next year. The Tarnup seed came up well growed large and tasted well and is by some...
ALS : American Philosophical Society La lecture de votre projet d’un voyage par Souscription pour porter les commodités de la vie et tous nos avantages et jouissances Européennes aux contrées éloignées qui en sont privées, que j’ai trouvé traduit litteralement dans le Tome Second des Ephemerides du Citoyen de cette année 1772, qui ne m’est parvenue que depuis quelques heures, ma tellement...
ALS : American Philosophical Society This serves to acquaint you I have sent you by Captn. Sutton one barrel of Newtown Pippens, one Cask of shell Bark Hickory nutts and two Kegs of bread which I hope will come safe to hand as the ship is going a voyage that was very disagreeable to me. I have concluded to stay at home this Winter, so that I shant have the Pleasure of keeping Christmas with...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I did resevef yours by Capt. Folkner but as he dus not Saile to London I have sente to you by Capt. Suttun who was so verey obliging as to Cole to see me two Barrels of apels which I hope will provef good. I Cold not get sume Indea meel and Buck wheet flower but I shall by next opertunety. Salley and the Child is gon up to stay with mrs. Franklin while...
LS : American Philosophical Society The new Elected Managers of the Filature met last Evening with a View of acknowledging thy late letters but found the Catharine Captain Sutton would depart so suddenly, that there was not Time, and therefore requested us to ask their excuse for the delay. And to forward said Captain Sutton’s Bill of Loading for two Trunks of Silk, the Produce of this Year,...
ALS (letterbook draft): Newport Historical Society Hurried by one Circumstance and another since my Return, I have not been able till now to sit down to acknowledge my Obligations to my London Friends, and particularly to you Sir. However late, I do most sincerely acknowledge myself highly Obliged for the many Marks of Politness and disinterested Friendship conferred upon me. It was my...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I have Received your very obliging favour, and take the first opportunity of returning you my most sincere thanks for the trouble I have given you. I have done very little in Electricity since I had the pleasure of seeing you, one appearance however I beg leave to trouble you with, as I have never met with one of the kind before. Having charged my 6 Gallon...