Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Brown, 22 January 1762

From James Brown9

AL: Historical Society of Pennsylvania


Lombardstreet 22d Jany 1762

Mr. Brown’s compliments to Benj. Franklin Esqr. and acquaints him that he has sold Five Thousand Pounds more of the Annuities1 Vizt.

£3000 at 64½
 2000 at 64⅜

which was all he could do—the price is now but 63¾ and therefore before he sold the remaining five thought it proper to acquaint him with it—and Mr. Brown desires Mr. Franklin will please to send him word per Bearer whether he shall finish it or postpone it for a day or two.

Addressed: To/ Benj. Franklin Esqr. / In Cravenstreet/In the Strand

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Comparison of the handwriting with the letter of January 14 indicates that the writer of this letter and that of February 2 below was James Brown, not his father, Henton.

1Brown’s broker, E. Shervell, sold this stock on January 15 and 16; see below, p. 34. For the sale of the remaining £5000 of stock, see ibid.

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