Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Richard Jackson, 9 August 1764

To Richard Jackson

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philada. Augt. 9. 1764

Dear Sir

Two Packets successively are arriv’d without my having a Line from you: So I suppose you have been in the Country, or perhaps have wrote by the Ship Mr. Allen comes in, which is not yet arriv’d.4 I never more wanted to hear from you, as you must long since have heard of our Convulsions. I can now only acquaint you, that Counter Petitions to the Crown are going about, against a Change of Government,5 on a Suggestion of the Proprietary Party, that all our Privileges will be demolish’d by the Change. They boast of great Numbers. The next Election will show where the Strength lies. I am, as ever, with sincerest Esteem, Dear Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

R. Jackson Esqr.

Endorsed: 9 Augst. 1764 Benjn. Franklin Esqr

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The Philadelphia Packet, Capt. Richard Budden, with William Allen aboard, left Deal on June 11, but was held by contrary winds at Cowes until June 20 and arrived in Philadelphia only on August 13, 1764. London Chron., June 9–12, 21–23, 1764; Pa. Jour., Aug. 16, 1764. Allen brought with him Jackson’s letter to BF of June 14, 1764 (not found); see below, p. 327. At about this same time BF received from some other hand Jackson’s letter of June 4 (also not found).

5See below, p. 300.

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