Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Richard Jackson, 18 June 1764

To Richard Jackson

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philada. June 18. 1764

Dear Sir

I received yours of the 13th. April,2 which I shall answer fully per Hammet, who is to sail in about 10 Days.3 By that Ship you will also receive a Letter from the Committee4 with the Petitions to the King,5 mention’d in my former Letters. I wrote you a long one via Bristol, of the 1st Instant,6 to which I refer, and beg you would per first Opportunity be very particular as to any Necessity or Use of my being with you in the Prosecution of those Petitions, my going over, or not, depending on the Opinion you may give on that Head. I am, as ever, Yours most sincerely

B Franklin

P.S. Our Provincials, 1000 Men under Col. Bouquet, are preparing to march to the Westward.7

Great Mischiefs done lately on the Virginia Frontier.8 People wonder at your prohibiting our Carrying Staves directly to Ireland.9

Addressed: To / Richard Jackson Esqr / Inner Temple / London

Endorsed: Philad. June 18th. 1764 Benjn. Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2See above, pp. 175–7.

3See the document immediately above for Captain Hammett’s departure.

4That is, a letter from the Assembly’s Committee of Correspondence. Such a letter has not been found, but for an indication of its probable contents, see above, pp. 198, 219–20 n.

5See above, pp. 145–7, 199–200.

6See above, pp. 214–21.

7See above, p. 217.

8Pa. Gaz., June 14, 1764, carried an extract from a letter from Virginia, dated June 4, which reported that the Indians had recently killed “upwards of forty Persons … at the Pastures, on the Frontiers of Augusta County.”

9See below, p. 235.

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