Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas and Richard Penn, 28 January 1758

From Thomas and Richard Penn

Letterbook copy: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

London January 28th: 1758.


We have considered the proposal you yesterday made to us, that as Supplys will very soon be wanted for the defence of the Province, and other Publick Services, for the Current year, and as the points in difference between us, and the Representatives of the Province of Pennsylvania, now under the consideration of His Majesty’s Attorney, and Sollicitor General,6 cannot be settled in time for Acts to be passed for this purpose, we would consent, for the present, that, the Lieutenant Governor may give his assent to an Act for raising such a Sum of Money as shall be thought proper, for the Service of the present year, of the same Tenor, and with the same exception, with the Act intituled, a Supplement to the Act intituled an Act for granting the Sum of Sixty thousand Pounds to the King’s use, and for striking fifty five thousand Pounds thereof in Bills of Credit, and to provide a fund for sinking the same, and for granting to His Majesty the additional Sum of One hundred thousand Pounds.7

We being desirous on our parts to remove every obstacle that may impede the general Service, or prevent such measures being taken as shall be thought necessary for the Security of the Province, tho’ we have many objections to the said Act, shall, in consideration of the present necessity, signify our consent to the Governor that he may give his assent to such a Law.8 We are Your very affectionate Friends


Benjamin Franklin Esqr.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6See above, pp. 248–52, for the “points in difference.” Solicitor General Charles Yorke had given his opinion on them, favorable to the Proprietors, on Jan. 13, 1758 (MS copy in Penn Papers, Hist. Soc. Pa.), but Attorney General Charles Pratt’s delay prevented the Penns from responding to the “points in difference” until Nov. 27–28, 1758 see Pa. Col. Recs., VIII, 276–81, and the next volume of this edition.

7See above, pp. 152–3 n, for the passage of this act.

8See below, pp. 370, 372, for the renewal of the dispute between BF and the Proprietors over the supply bill.

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