From Thomas Holme
ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Wellingborough April 12th. 1759.
I communicated your Last and Mrs. Morris’s Letter2 to Mr. Fisher at my Return from a Journey last Saturday, else you would have heard from me Sooner, however I now send you such a Discharge as will satisfie Mr. Fisher, which when you have executed please to return either to him or me by the Post, and he will directly remitt you the Money.3 I am Sir Your very humble Servant
Addressed: To / Mr. Benjamin Franklin / at Mrs. Stephensons in Craven Street / Strand / London
Endorsed: Revd Mr Holme April 12 59
2. For BF’s letter of March 27, see above, p. 302. Eleanor Morris’ letter has not been found; it probably concerned her request that her share of Mary Fisher’s estate be paid to BF.
3. An undated entry (not later than May 30, 1759) in BF’s “Account of Expences,” p. 29 (summarized in PMHB, LV, 119–20), records in detail the distribution of Mrs. Fisher’s estate. It begins by repeating verbatim the administratrix’ account as transmitted by Holme to BF, March 17, 1759 (above, pp. 288–9), and then continues:
“Note, Mrs. Fisher’s Effects were to be distributed among her Relations of equal Degree, which were as follows,
|Mrs. Ann Farrow Daughter of John Franklin||all Children of Thomas Franklin whose Grandaughter Mrs. Fisher was|
|Mrs. Eleanor Morris Daughter of Hannah Franklin|
|Mr. Samuel Franklin of Boston Son of Benja Franklin|
|Mrs. Elizabeth Dowse Daughter of||Josiah Franklin|
|Mr. Peter Franklin Son of|
|Mrs. Jane Mecom Daughter of and myself Son of|
“I gave my Share to be divided between Mrs. Farrow and Mrs. Morris two poor ancient Women; the other Shares belonging to Relations in America are in my hands, viz.
|Samuel Franklin’s Share||11.||8.||4|
|Eliz Dowse’s Share||11.||8.||4|
|Peter Franklin’s Share||11.||8.||4|
|Jane Mecom’s Share||11.||8.||4|