Benjamin Franklin Papers

Alexander Colden to James Parker, 28 July 1755

Alexander Colden to James Parker1

ALS: Massachusetts Archives

NY July 28th 1755

Mr. Parker

By the Phi: Post received the Inclosed2 from Mr. Franklin which he desired me to forward to you and to desire you to forward it imediately by this post to Mr. Chew requesting him to forward it to Mr. Franklin at Boston.3 He writes “the Substance of the letter may be printed but not entire as we have not the Governors leave to whom it was directed. At least the Governors and writters Name should be omitted.” Our Governor has given the Printers here orders not to print any thing about General Braddocks Defeat and It would be wrong it should be printed any where on the Continent for some time least the News reach our Indians and Army above which may be of bad Consequence. I am Sir Your humble Servant

Alexr Colden

Sir I have had but just Time to read the Inclosed and then send it to you as orderd

J Parker

Dear Sir

I can only send this after the post. I am almost Destracted. Yours

J Chew

Addressed: To / Mr James Parker / at / New Haven / to be forwarded to Mr Chew, to be / forwarded to Boston

Endorsed: July 28. 1755 General Letter from the Post Offices respecting Genll. Braddocks Defeat Not to be Entered

1Alexander Colden (1716–1774), eldest son of Cadwallader Colden, was postmaster at New York. James Parker (see above, II, 341) had been appointed postmaster at New Haven in 1754.

2Probably a copy of a letter from Capt. Robert Orme (wounded in Braddock’s defeat) to Governor Morris from Fort Cumberland, July. 18, 1755, describing the battle; printed in full in Pa. Col. Recs., VI, 487–9, and also printed without the final, personal paragraph in Colden Paps., V, 17–19.

3Joseph Chew was postmaster at New London and John Franklin (C.8) was postmaster at Boston.

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