Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Peter Collinson, 14 January 1754

From Peter Collinson

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Lond: Jry 14: 1753 [1754]

My Dear Friend

I am so disheartend at the Loss of Capt. Davis, that I cannot tell how to sett Penn to paper.8 I had so amply Employed my Budget in 2 or 3 pacquetts with a Large pack and Books per M. Dalibard at Paris a Box with 6 of Bird thermometers9 books Magazins all gone and Poor John Bartram has lost his Two Guinea Microscope and prints for Billey Seeds and Two or three Sheets all of my Scrawl.

I had writt you Largely of Mr. Smiths Affair.1 The propretor has give Mee all the Assurance He will Support a Rectorship which will be setled when He Comes to Town. I have but a few Minites for this Scrowl so accept my best Wishes. Yours

P Collinson

I hope John Bartram will send Twelve Boxs of Seed.

Addressed: To  Benn: Franklin  Esqr  at Philadephia  via New England.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Captain George Davis in the ship Britannia, after a month’s delay, sailed from Gravesend, November 7, but foundered on a sandbar off Margate next day, with the loss of his ship and 13 lives, including his own. Pa. Gaz., Jan. 22, 1754. See Dalibard’s letter, March 31, 1754 (below, p. 253) on the books lost with Davis.

9John Bird, mathematical instrument maker in London. See above, III, 484.

1Rev. William Smith, who became provost of the Academy and College of Philadelphia the next year. See above, IV, 467 n.

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