Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Peter Timothy, 8 June 1755

From Peter Timothy

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Charles. Town, June 8th, 1755

Dear Sir

’Tis almost an Age since I have a Letter from you: I have however received 56 Reams of Demy Paper by Capt. McFunn,6 with a Promise of a State of my Account7 at your Return from Maryland, which must again beg you’ll let me have.

Your Application to the Study of the Electrical Arcana, and public Affairs, I make no Doubt, very often prevents your Writing; but I dare say, you may now and then find Time to write 2 or 3 Lines. At your Leisure you will find many of my Letters among your Papers unanswered.

I shall endeavour to make a Remittance to you, by Capt. McFunn when he comes here next. In the mean Time, would desire you to send me 10 Reams of Pro Patria, such as we print Almanacks on, and 10 Reams of your Crown. Likewise 25 or 30 Reams of Elephant (rather than Demy) by the first Vessel after the 10th of August. I shall want more in the Fall, but shall write for that also in Time.

Our Governor sets out next Wednesday to meet some Indians Half-Way from their Country. The wretched Management of Indian Affairs by that Gentleman has occasioned the imposing Silence on my Press, under various Pretences.8

I hope your Family are well, and beg they will accept mine and Mrs. T.’s Compliments.9 The 17th ult. mine was increased, by the Birth of my 6th Child and only Son. I am Dear Sir Your very affectionate and obliged humble Servant

Pet. Timothy

Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin, Esqr. / Post-Master-General of America, / in / Philadelphia. / per Capt. Kenion, Q.D.C.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6See Eddy, LedgerD,” p. 122. The paper was shipped in March.

7Timothy had twice requested an accounting, in letters to David Hall of Feb. 6 and March. 5, 1755. MSS, APS.

8Governor James Glen (1701–1777) held a conference with the Cherokees at Saluda Old Town in June and July. A good account of it, possibly by Glen himself, is in Gent. Mag., XXV (1755), 470–2. Popular in his province, if not with Timothy, Glen was neglected and snubbed by Governor Dinwiddie of Virginia, who tried to influence and direct Indian affairs in South Carolina. Gipson, British Empire, VI, 25–6, 50. Ten years earlier Timothy had been presented by the grand jury for printing protests against the governor’s enforcement of Sunday laws. Douglas C. McMurtrie, History of Printing in the United States (N.Y., 1936), II, 322.

9Ann Donovan Timothy, whom Peter married in 1745 and who carried on the business after his imprisonment and death, 1782. This son is not identified. Another son, born in 1771, was named Benjamin Franklin Timothy; he carried on the South Carolina Gazette until 1802. Ibid., pp. 322–5.

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