To Francis Bernard
Photostat of ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philada. March 28. 1764
I am favour’d with yours of the 17th.5 with the Letters return’d concerning Sturgeon.6 I lately sent you a good Receipt for Pickling, which I hope got to hand.7 I shall forward your Son’s Letter to Mr. Johnston.8 Enclos’d is one I received a few Days since from that Gentleman.9 I paid his Order, as you will see by the Receipt. Please to pay the Sum, £12 12s. 0d. Pensilva Money to Mr. Jonathan Williams, who has acknowledg’d the Receipt of the former.1
At our College here, they have not yet got into the Collegiate Way of living that was intended in the new Building,2 so that our Scholars still lodge and board in private Houses; the Expence I understand is about £40 per Ann, for Diet, Lodging, Washing, Mending, and Tuition. I know not when the other Method will be entred upon, nor can the Expence yet be ascertain’d. My Respectful Compliments to Mrs. Bernard, in which my Daughter joins, and to your Son. With great Respect, I am, Your Excellency’s most obedient humble Servant
5. Not found.
6. It is not clear what these letters were. For BF and Bernard’s correspondence about a method of pickling sturgeon, see above, pp. 31–2, 87–8.
7. Not found.
8. George Johnston, a lawyer at whose estate of “Belvale” near Alexandria, Va., Bernard’s son, Francis, stayed during December 1763; see above, X, 410 n.
9. Not found.
1. Williams acknowledged receiving £7 11s. 2¼d. sterling from Bernard on April 10, 1764; on Feb. 28, 1764, he had acknowledged receiving £24 1s. 1½d. from the governor. See above, X, 359–60, and this volume, p. 88 n.
2. The “New Building” of the College of Philadelphia, erected with funds procured by William Smith on his tour abroad, was fitted up in part for the accommodation of students during the latter part of 1764 and was opened for occupancy that winter with Ebenezer Kinnersley (above, IV, 192 n) in charge. Montgomery, Hist. Univ. Pa., pp. 443–7.