Benjamin Franklin Papers

Provincial Commissioners: Order to Pay James Young, 23 March 1757

Provincial Commissioners: Order to Pay James Young7

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To the Trustees of the General Loan-Office.

Philada. March 23, 1757

Gentlemen, No. 1.

Till the New Money to be struck by the One hundred Thousand Pound Act (this Day to be passed by the Governor and Assembly)8 comes into your Hands, the Governor and Commissioners request you to advance Three or Four Thousand Pounds, to be replaced by the first of the new Money; as that Sum is immediately wanted for the Publick Service. What you shall so advance to be paid to James Young, Esqr. Paymaster of the Provincial Forces.9

William Denny1
John Mifflin B Franklin
Jon Hughes Jos Fox

£3.000. 0. 0 pd. See Js. Youngs Receipt on the Other Side.

Philada. March 24th 1757 Recd of Charles Norris one of the Trustees of the General Loan Office the Sum of Three thousand pounds on Account of the within Order.

Jas. Young

£3000. 0. 0.

Endorsed: Govr. & Comrs Order, and James Youngs rect for £3.000. 0. 0 paid March. 23d. 1757

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7See above, VI, 392–6, and this volume, pp. 3, 25, for orders for payment by the commissioners. Capt. James Young (1729–1779), Philadelphia official, commissary general and paymaster of Pa. Troops, 1756–65, and wagonmaster during the Revolution, married Mary Jane, daughter of Dr. Thomas Graeme. Charles P. Keith, The Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania (Phila., 1883), p. 164.

8See above, p. 152 n.

9In response to the rumor of an attack on Ft. Augusta, Young was sent there to pay arrears due the troops. He arrived at the fort in early April and disbursed £2300, four months’ pay for the men. The officers volunteered to forego their back pay for the time being so that the ranks could have what was available. PMHB, XXXVI (1912), 419.

1Denny’s signature on one of the commissioners’ orders for money payments is unusual. It may signify an intention to assume a more active part in the disbursement of funds under the new act. On the previous practice, see above, p. 131–2.

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