Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Taunton, [1760?–1775]

From Thomas Taunton6

ALS: American Philosophical Society


I [hope you] will not be angrey at my writing b [missing] me, I know you ar Intament with mr. St[rahan] [missing] god will kepe me in my troubell but k [missing] e to help myself the least thing Cant dres now [missing] [with] out help, If mr. troauen will be so Cind as to [missing] for to Ogment my salery I am told it is great [ly?] in his pour, and have know frind in all the world but you, the Compeny gieves me Fiftean shillings a Qarter my por daughter is now indent to pay for my soport and when I Recd: my moity my frinds gieve me I have but a Leven shillings to soport me till the next Quarter Com round, but what the Compney gieves me and then must put my trust in god, had I amongest all my aqaintains, that would but gieve me but won shilling a weak it would be an Estates to me, but amongst all never Lit of so much humanity as In you and mr. strawon. Litell did I think wons I should lit with such a frind or I Even should want, God Reward you and mr. Strawon. I hop he will Repay it, I should be glad whe[n] you ar in your Charot, would strain a pint to see me, my duty to mr. strawn god bless you doe let me see you wons moer it Cant be long from your dutifull servant

Tho: Taunton

I Log at mr. Turners At no. 5 In the Vinard walk near the smallpox Ospatell7 Clarkenwell

Addressed: For / Doctr. Franklen / at Mrs. Stevenson’s / in Craven Streat / In the Stran

Endorsed: Watson

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6On this and the two following letters by Taunton, see above, p. 256.

7For the London Smallpox and Inoculation Hospital, located in Cold Bath Fields, on the west side of Clerkenwell, see above, VIII, 285 n.

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