Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Daniel Cheston, 2 August 1747

From Daniel Cheston7

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Chester Augt. 2d 1747


I received your Favour of the 23d Ulto With Mr. Thos Fayerweathers order on Mr. Edward Scott in favour of Mr. Jeremiah Osborn8 Inclosed and Immediately Applyed to Mr. Edwd Scott for the Money who promised Me to pay It before the Return of our Mercury. But being Gone Down to Talbott County am afraid Shall not see him time Enough to Send It per this next return. You may Depend I will Doe Every Thing in my power to Get It as soon as possible and Send It up.

I am Sir Your Servant to Command

Danl Cheston

P S please send me per the post a Corderie and A Latin Clerk’s Introduction.9

Addressed: To  Mr Benj Franklin  In  Philadelphia

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Daniel Cheston, sheriff of Kent Co., Md., merchant and shipowner, appears in BF’s Ledger D as “Capt. Danl. Cheston.” He may have moved to England, where the firm of Sedgely and Daniel Cheston of Bristol did business with Maryland, and where his widow died, 1766. Arch. of Md., XLIV, 302; Md. Hist. Mag., II (1907), 375; XXV (1930), 55–7; XXVI (1931), 252, 261. Cheston’s son James (b. 1747) was educated in England and was in business there and in Maryland, 1767–80. He was a Loyalist, but a quiet one, and decided to remain in America. BF required him to take the oath of allegiance, Nov. 19, 1780, before giving him a passport to proceed to England on business. MS, APS.

8Scott was a ship owner of Chestertown, Md. Md. Hist. Mag., XXVI (1931), 346. Fayerweather and Osborn have not been identified.

9John Clarke, Corderii Colloquiorum centuria selecta (10th edit., London, 1740), and his Introduction to the Making of Latin (13th edit., London, 1742).

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