Benjamin Franklin Papers

Henton Brown to Goldney, Smith and Co., 16 September 1760

Henton Brown to Goldney, Smith and Co.9

LS: American Philosophical Society

London 16 Sept. 1760


My particular friend Benjamin Franklin Esqr. and his Son of Philadelphia intending in a tour they are going to take to call at Bristol I take the liberty to recommend them to your notice, whose personal merit is so well known that I need add nothing farther, but that I am with great esteem your obliged Friend—if they should have occasion for any money please to supply them and place it to our Account.

I am for Self and Son Your Obliged Friend

Henton Brown

To Goldney Smith & Com: Bristol

Addressed: To / Goldney Smith & Co: / Bristol

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Henton Brown (c. 1698–1775), a London Quaker, and his son James, associated in business as Henton Brown & Son, were BF’s bankers. “Account of Expences,” pp. 24, 43, 44, 48, 56, 59; PMHB, LV (1931), 115, 116, 125, 130; see also above, VII, 379. Peter Collinson probably introduced them. His nephew Thomas Collinson later married Henton Brown’s daughter and in 1770 became a member of the firm. Thomas Goldney, William Smith, and others, opened a bank in Bristol in 1752. John Latimer, The Annals of Bristol in the Eighteenth Century (n.p., 1893), p. 297.

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