Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Peter Collinson, 31 January 1757

To Peter Collinson

ALS: Pierpont Morgan Library

Philada. Jan. 31. 1757

Dear Sir

The preceding are Copies of my late Letters;8 to which I have little to add, except to request you would send the Magazines mention’d in the enclos’d List,9 which it seems are still wanting to compleat the Sets in the Library. It may be well enough to forbear sending the Universal Magazine for the future, it contains little of Value1 I inclose also an Almanack,2 and some Sheets to compleat your Set of Votes for the last Year. The rest are in Mr. Bartram’s Box3 Our Assembly have unanimously voted sending me to England, to endeavour a Settlement of our Disputes; I have not determin’d yet to go, as they gave me some Days to consider of it4 It will be a good Work, whoever does it; for the Province at present is very unhappy. I am, Dear Friend, Your affectionate humble Servant

B Franklin

Addressed: To / Mr Peter Collinson / Gracechurch Street

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Those of Nov. 22, Dec. 19, 1756, and Jan. 1, 1757; see above, pp. 23, 49, 94.

9Not found, but see above, VI, 171, 456, for a previous order of magazines for the Library.

1The Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure … published monthly by John Hinton … London.

2Poor Richard Improved for 1757.

3John Bartram had shipped Collinson 26 boxes, mostly filled with seeds, on the ship Carolina, Capt. Robert Duncan, which cleared Philadelphia for London before Feb. 3, 1757, perhaps also carrying bf’s letters of January 31 to Collinson and William Strahan, and of February 1 to Robert Charles. Collinson reported receipt of the boxes, but not the letters, sent on the Carolina on March 18, 1757. Darlington, Memorials, pp. 211, 214. The Votes enclosed in the letter to Collinson were probably those for August–September 1756 during Denny’s administration, advertised for sale in Pa. Gaz., Feb. 10, 1757. A week before the Gazette had advertised the earlier Votes (“the rest”) covering Robert Hunter Morris’ administration.

4See above, pp. 109–11.

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