Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Timothy Horsfield, 28 January 1756

To Timothy Horsfield

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Fort Allen, Jan. 28. 1756

Dear Sir,

I have the Pleasure to inform you that the 6 Waggons are just arriv’d,5 and I suppose all right, tho’ I have not yet had time to examine the Contents. Here are 10 Lehi People buzzing me in both Ears while I write, so can only add my Thanks for your Care and Readiness to serve the Province, and am, Dear Sir, Your most obedient Servant

B Franklin

Our Compliments to Mr. Spangenberg and to Mrs. Horsefield and all Friends. Thanks for the Beer, &c. &c.

Timo. Horsefield Esqr.

Two Rifles were sent up per the Commissioners for my Son and me. Pray let me know in your next, if they came to your Hands?6

Addressed: To / Timothy Horsefield Esqr / Bethlehem

Dear Sir

There are likewise two Guns an old one by Erwin7 and another sent by Mr. Hughs8 for me. I request the Favour of you to take Care of them. I am Sir with Respects to Mrs. Horsfield Yours

Thos. Lloyd9

Endorsed: Mr: Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5See above, pp. 367, 370.

6The first of these two postscripts in BF’s hand is on the same page as the body of the letter; the second, like the note in Thomas Lloyd’s hand, is on the address page, apparently added after the letter had been folded and sealed. This page also carries some arithmetical calculations probably made by Horsfield.

7Probably Robert Erwin (Irwin), who was appointed, April 12, 1756, chief wagon master and conductor of all boats and canoes for the forces under Col. William Clapham. I Pa. Arch., II, 624–5; III, 64.

8Probably John Hughes. See above, p. 284 n.

9On Lloyd see below, p. 380 n.

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