Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from George Scholtze, 5 May 1746

From George Scholtze8

ALS: American Philosophical Society

upper Hanover May 5. 1746

Mr. Benj: Franklin to Geo: Scholtze. … Dr.

1733. october 30. To 22 yards of Dowlas9 at 2s. 6d. per £2 15 0
1734. october 31. To 1 lb. of Green Tea at 11s. per lb. 0 11 0
December 21. To 1 lb. bohea tea at 11s: 0 11 0
3 17 0
1733. December 18. To Seven yards of Dowlas at 2s. 6d. per Yrd. amounts £0 17s. 6d. But this is Credit it [sic] in my Book by Settling once You will find it in your Receipt book.1
Do. by a note of hand Remains Ballance Due
1 11 2
£5 8 2

If there be any Errors in this, you Can Search your books; and if you Cannot [settle?] with my Brothers, then it must be Referred untill I Come to Town me Self. I Donot think that you will Wrong me nor I you. You may Continue the Gazette in my name or in my Brothers name, you shall get paid for it. Further Remain With my Humble Respects to you and Famile, and Remain your affectioned old Friend and Servant

Geo: Scholtze

N.B. Mr. Franklin have you heard any thing of Thomas Butwell.2 If he is in Philada. Let me know of it. He Owes me near £19.0.0. He Did live in your House about 13 years ago. A Staymaker.

Addressed: To Mr. Benjamin Franklin. Printer and Post master in Philadelphia These

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8George Scholtze (1711–1779), first Schwenkfelder to come to America, 1731; merchant in Philadelphia. With his brother David he acquired 260 acres of land in Upper Hanover Township, Pa., 1736; he moved to Frederick Co., Md., before 1757. David Scholtze (1717–1797) was a surveyor, scrivener, “bush lawyer,” and farmer in Upper Hanover Township. Samuel K. Brecht, ed., The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families (Pennsburg, Pa., 1923), pp. 68, 88–9, 92–6.

George Scholtze is charged in BF’s Ledger D with 3s. for a pocket compass, and BF has closed the account with the notation, “Settled with Mr. Scholtz and received of his Brother £2 6s. 1d. Ballance being in full to the 14th September 1745.”

9Strong, coarse linen cloth.

1Opposite this entry, but probably applying to the entire account, is written in another hand: “This Account settled and paid. David Scholtze.”

2Thomas Butwell, “from England,” rented a shop under BF’s printing-office. He advertised his wares in Pa. Gaz., July 17, 1732.

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