Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Brown, 27 November 1761

From James Brown6

Copy: Historical Society of Pennsylvania


Lombardstreet 27th Novr. 1761

Benj. Franklin. Esqr.

I have sent herewith a letter of Attorney to be Executed by you before two Witnesses to empower me to transfer the Fifteen Thousand Pounds 4 per Cents.8 as I could not do it without, you’ll please to return it per Bearer as it must be lodg’d at the Bank this afternoon—£8000 being sold for to morrow morning and must be done then as the Persons who bought it will stay no longer—it being sold to be transferr’d this morning and it was with difficulty they were prevail’d on to take it to morrow. I am for Father and Self most Respectfully Yours

Jas. Brown

I have sent back your Bank Book apprehending it was sent per Mistake.

Addressed: To / Benj. Franklin Esqr. / from J. Brown / Banker in Lombard Street / respecting the Sale of Stocks.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6James and his father Henton Brown were BF’s bankers; see above, p. 218 n.

7Indicating the ultimate submission of this document to Isaac Norris.

8For the sale of this block of stock, see the document immediately above.

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