To Samuel Preston Moore
ALS: Library Company of Philadelphia
London, Feb. 21, 1761
I wrote to you per Capt. Calef, via New-York, that I had receiv’d yours8 with a Copy of the Act that I had put it into the Hands of our Solicitor Mr. Eyre, and would do what I could to forward it.9 But the Copy you sent me not being under Seal, we could not present it; and were oblig’d to wait Mr. Penn’s Leisure, who had the regular Copy in his Hands. By the enclos’d Notes you will see what Progress has been made.1 I shall defray all necessary Expences as you desire;2 being with great Regard, Dear Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant
To S. P. Moore, Esqr
Endorsed: From Benjn. Franklin Esqr. Feb. 21. 1761
8. Neither BF’s nor Moore’s letter mentioned here has been found.
9. For an explanation of the private act in favor of Moore and Richard Hill, see above, pp. 271–2 n.
1. Penn presented this act with others to the Privy Council, Jan. 15, 1761; they were referred to the Privy Council Committee the next day, and by the Committee to the Board of Trade on the 20th. The Board of Trade in turn referred them to its counsel, Sir Matthew Lamb, on February 5. Statutes at Large, Pa., V, 646–8. BF’s “Notes” have not been found.
2. Eyre’s itemized and receipted bill of Aug. 10, 1761, indicates that the expences totaled £36 15s., which BF paid. Lib. Co. Phila. See also “Account of Expences,” p. 61; PMHB, LV (1931), 131.