Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Richard Jackson, 11 October 1764

To Richard Jackson

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philada. Oct. 11. 1764

Dear Sir

I have now only time to cover the enclos’d,4 and acquaint you that I am no longer in the Assembly. The Proprietary Party by great Industry against great Security carried the Election of this County and City by about 26 Votes against me and Mr. Galloway; the Voters near 4000.5 They carried (would you think it!) above 1000 Dutch from me, by printing part of my Paper sent to you 12 Years since on Peopling new Countries where I speak of the Palatine Boors herding together,6 which they explain’d that I call’d them a Herd of Hogs.7 This is quite a laughing Matter. But the Majority of the last Assembly remain, and will I believe still be for the Measure of Changing the Proprietary for a Royal Governor.8 I am, with great Respect Dear Sir, Your most humble Servant

B Franklin

I have received yours of July 18 and Aug 14. and shall write fully per next.

To / Richard Jackson Esqr / Inner Temple / London / via N York / per Packet

Endorsed: 11 Octr 64 Benjn. Franklin Esqr.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Not identified; possibly the Assembly’s instructions to Jackson of September 25, or bills of exchange for his salary.

5See above, pp. 390–4.

6For BF’s Observations concerning the Increase of Mankind, written in 1751, see above, IV, 225–34, esp. p. 234.

7For a full discussion of the etymological disputes created by BF’s description of the German farmers, see J. Philip Gleason, “A Scurrilous Colonial Election and Franklin’s Reputation,” 3 William and Mary Quar., XVIII (1961), 78–81.

8On Oct. 20, 1764, the Assembly voted down, 22 to 10, a proposal to recall the petition in Jackson’s hands for a royal government. Later in the day the Committee of Correspondence was ordered to instruct Jackson to proceed with “the utmost Caution” in managing the petition and to refrain from presenting it if he saw any danger that the change to a royal government would endanger Pennsylvania’s civil and religious privileges. Votes, 1764, p. 11.

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