Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Nathaniel Falconer, 14 July 1765

From Nathaniel Falconer9

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Off Dover Juley the 14: 1765

Honored Sir

I have put on shore at Dover Six Packets for you there is Some Still on board which I am Desierd to Deliver with my own hand. I Shall wait on you with them as Soon as Ever the Ship Gits up to London from Sir your most obident Humble Servant

Nathl Falconer

To Benjamin Franklin Esqr
27 days from the Capes to Day.

Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin Esqr / Craven Street / London

Endorsed: Capt. Falconer

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9For Falconer, a ship captain who frequently sailed between Philadelphia and London, see above, p. 100 n. The present note is puzzling because Falconer was in Jamaica on April 5, 1765, and there is no record of his commanding a ship from there to Philadelphia and then on to London. His note, “27 Days from the Capes to Day,” must mean, then, that he sailed to Philadelphia and thence to London with some other captain, unless “Capes” are taken to mean some point other than the Capes of the Delaware, in which case the editors are at a loss to explain their location.

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