Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Parker, 29 May 1765

From James Parker

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Burlington, May 29. 1765

Honoured Sir

As I have never had the Pleasure of one single Line from you, in answer to several I have wrote,6 I can now say but little, I have made no further Progress in the Accounts yet,7 than what I mentioned in my last: being obliged to stay at home some Time past: I wrote you all I could, or did, about your Concerns with Dunlap,8 but having no Answer, am at a Loss to proceed in any Thing, or how far what I have done may be satisfactory: As you doubtless will have many Letters from your Friends, I have the less Occasion to write at all: However, I thought it not amiss to write a few Lines: Mr. Foxcroft being momentarily expected at Philadelphia; I have only to add Compliments, &c. from Your very Humble Servant

James Parker

Addressed: To / Dr. Benjamin Franklin / in / Craven Street / London

Endorsed: Parker May 29 1765

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6For Parker’s letters of Jan. 14 and 22, March 22, and April 25, 1765, see above, pp. 20–1, 22–4, 86–92, 111–13.

7Parker was acting as BF’s agent in the dissolution of his partnership with David Hall. On April 25, 1765, Parker had written BF that Hall was not then prepared to proceed in settling accounts. See above, pp. 112–13.

8From the summer of 1764 onward BF and his colleague John Foxcroft had been trying to reach a financial settlement with William Dunlap, who had relinquished his position as postmaster of Philadelphia in 1764, owing a considerable sum of money to the post office. See above, XI, 418–22, 469–70. Upon his departure for England BF had turned the affair over to Parker.

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