Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Anthony Todd, 18 June 1763

From Anthony Todd

Copy: Yale University Library


General Post Office June the 18th. 1763


I had the pleasure to receive your Letter of the 14th. of April,9 on Wednesday the 8th. Instant, and the same day laid it before His Majesty’s PostMaster General,1 who were extremely well satisfied and promise Themselves great Information from your Correspondence.

They are very glad to find that before you had received my Letters to you of the 12th. of March,2 your own sentiments were the same with Theirs upon almost every point, which makes it unnecessary to add more for the present.

The Harriot Packet has been detained a Week that the Merchants might have Time to answer the Letters which were brought by her,3 but it is to be hoped this will seldom happen, and that when the Boats are once properly established, a regular Course of sailing may be depended on the second Saturday of every Month from both sides. I am Sir Yours &c.

Anth: Todd Secry

To Benj: Franklin Esqr.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9See above, pp. 251–4.

1The postmasters general at this time were Robert Hampden-Trevor and John Perceval, 2d Earl of Egmont; see above, p. 217 n.

2See above, pp. 217–20, 220–2, 223–4.

3London Chron., June 7–9, 1763, reported the Harriot packet, Capt. Robinson, at Falmouth on June 4. The packet sailed from there on June 22 and arrived in N.Y. on August 7. N.-Y. Mercury, Aug. 8, 1763.

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