Benjamin Franklin Papers

Receipt to Sarah Read, 21 October 1746

Receipt to Sarah Read

MS Receipt Book: American Philosophical Society

Among Franklin’s papers in the American Philosophical Society is a receipt book of his mother-in-law, containing 27 receipts between 1715 and 1760, most of them between 1733 and 1747. Payments are recorded to William Rakestraw for carpentry, to Samuel Alford for making a silver spoon, to Anthony Nicholas “for Iron work Done too pump & Seller Dores of house,” to Bridget Sullivan for beef and veal, to Simon Edgell, Samuel Coates and others for various kinds of goods. Richard Warder signed two receipts for rent paid by Mrs. Read, Christopher Thompson signed one. There are receipts from three different Receivers General for quitrents paid the Proprietaries “on half a lot in high Street.”8 The only one given by Franklin is printed below. Mrs. Read’s signed receipt to her son-in-law on this settling of accounts is in his Ledger D.

Oct. 21. 1746

Settled all old Accounts with Mother Mrs. Sarah Read, and I am Dr. to Ballance, One Pound Seventeen Shillings and seven pence half penny; the Bond of Portues’s9 which I took up not reckon’d. Witness my hand

B Franklin

£1. 17s.d.

Settled as above written, and the Ballance with £20 Cash making in all the Sum of Twenty-one Pounds Seventeen Shillings and seven pence half penny receiv’d towards that Bond per me

B Franklin

Mem[orandu]m. The Cash was paid to my Wife some time ago.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8This is the property Mrs. Read’s husband John purchased from Henry Hayes. See above, I, 362.

9Probably the wealthy James Portues (d. 1737), member of the Carpenters’ Company. PMHB, XXXII (1908), 178.

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