Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to William Strahan, 31 July 1744

To William Strahan

ALS: University of Pennsylvania Library

July 31. 1744


The above is a Copy of my last (via Corke).5 This encloses Bills for Twenty Pounds Thirteen Shillings Sterling, for which when receiv’d please to give my Account Credit, and send me by the first Ship a Fount of about 300 lb. weight of good new English Letter, which I shall want to compleat a little Printing house for our common Friend Mr. Hall. I send you per this Ship a Box containing 300 Copies of a Piece I have lately printed here,6 and purpose to send you 200 more per next Ship.7 I desire you to take the properest Measures for getting them sold at such a Price as they will readily fetch, and I will take Books of you in Exchange for them. This kind of Commerce may be advantageous to us both, and to Mr. Hall; since if [we] have a reasonable Sale where we live for such Things as we print, what we do over and above, and can get dispos’d of at a foreign Market, is almost so much clear Gain. I have only time to add, that I am, with sincere Regards Your obliged humble Servant

B Franklin

Addressed: To  Mr William Strahan  Printer in  London  Per Capt. Evans  with a Box W S.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5As was customary in time of war, BF sent a duplicate of his July 4 letter. By putting it on the same sheet as this letter he saved paper and postage charges.

6James Logan’s translation of Cicero’s Cato Major.

7Probably not 200 more copies of the same work, as BF’s phraseology would suggest, but 200 copies of the Indian Treaty of Lancaster, which he was then printing. See below, p. 416.

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