Benjamin Franklin Papers

William Plumsted to the Overseers of the Poor, 4 October 1755

William Plumsted2 to the Overseers of the Poor

MS not found; reprinted from Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, XXXV (1911), 251.

8ber [October] 4, 1755

To the Overseers of the Poor:

There is several wife’s and widdows I understand in town whose husbands are wounded and killed in the late defeat, they are destitute of all necessarys and many unable to support themselves and children.3 I want to speak with some of you on this subject for which I ordered the bearer to acquaint you yesterday. Yours

Wm. Plumsted

Endorsed: I am of opinion that at the next meeting of the Assembly, Money may be allow’d for the Support of these poor sick women till they get well, for they are I think more properly a Provincial Charge than a City Charge.4

B. Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2William Plumsted (1708–1765) was mayor of Philadelphia.

3Before marching on Fort Duquesne General Braddock had discharged and given passes to 28 soldiers’ wives with the army, June 9, and asked that Pennsylvania subsist them. Governor Morris replied that they would be taken care of “if I can prevail on my Assembly to contribute any thing to it.” Pa. Col. Recs., VI, 426, 430; 1 Pa. Arch., II, 348.

4The Assembly on October 17 allowed the money to care for the widows, and offered to pay the passage of any home to Britain. Votes, 1755–56, pp. 6, 183, 187.

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