Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from David Hall, 24 April 1758

From David Hall

Letterbook copy: American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia 24th April 1758

Dear Sir

Yours of December the 9th.3 I receiv’d per the Packet, by which was glad to hear of your Recovery. I am sorry you can get no good Hand to send over, and bad ones are not worth having.4

I have sent Mr. Strahan by this opportunity a Bill of Exchange, out of which he will pay you One Hundred Pounds, which makes the Eighth Hundred sent you since you left Philadelphia.5 When you have receiv’d the Money, you will please to notice the same to me.

We have lately printed Four thousand Pounds for the lower Counties; and this Day Week begin to print the £8000. for them granted at their last Sitting.6 I am Yours

D Hall

To Benjamin Franklin Esqr. Via New York per Packet
Copy per the Packet Via New York7

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3See above, VII, 287–8.

4Hall (above, II, 409–10 n) had asked for help in finding a compositor and William Strahan (above, II, 383–4 n) had explained that the great demand for them in London had driven their wages so high that American employment was not attractive. He advised Hall to “breed up one of your own people.” Strahan to Hall, Feb. 22, 1758, APS.

5See above, VII, 235–6, for a summary of Hall’s remittances to BF in England.

6Hall was printing paper currency for the Delaware government.

7Since an embargo was in effect at this time, the government packets were virtually the only ships sailing for England. Hall recorded in his letterbook that he also wrote WF on this date.

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