Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Timothy Horsfield, 1 March 1756

To Timothy Horsfield

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philada. March 1. 56

Dear Sir

Orders are gone up to relieve Capt. Wayne’s Company.8 I suppose he will apply here for his Pay.

Capt. Arndt should make out his Muster Roll on Oath, and send his Journal &c. according to the Instructions given him, before he demands his Pay. However you may pay him Fifty Pounds in part; and let him know, that the Remainder will be paid when the Commissioners have his Muster Roll laid before them.

It is not worth while to send up a Waggon with a Cag of Rum to Mr. Parsons. If he had bought some on Account of the Province he need not have doubted its being allow’d in his Account.9

My Respects to good Mrs. Horsfield, &c. I am, with much Esteem Dear Sir, Your most obedient Servant

B Franklin

Please to pay Nicholas Oplinger1 Fifteen Pounds Nine Shillings and Eight pence half penny and take his Receipt in full to the 20th of February past.

Addressed: To / Timothy Horsfield Esqr / Bethlehem

Endorsed: Benja Franklin Esqr. March 1. 56

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8See above, pp. 343–7, for the officers mentioned in this letter.

9See above, p. 373, for other activities of William Parsons and the troops’ rum rations.

1Nicholas Oplinger (Uplinger) kept a tavern just north of the Lehigh Gap and furnished provisions for the troops on the frontier.

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