Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Hugh Roberts, 9 August 1765

To Hugh Roberts

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

London, Augt. 9. 1765

Dear Friend,

I wrote you lately that 20 Guineas was demanded by Kirk for engraving the Hospital Seal.7 I have since found a Man who will undertake it for 10, but I suppose will hardly do it so well. Let me know your Sentiments of this Expence.

A Friend in Paris8 has requested me to procure him two of our Pensilvania Fire Places. I wish you could get me a Couple of those that were cast by our Friend Grace, when the Moulds were good, and send them per next Ship.9 Mrs. Franklin will pay for them. As many People laid them aside, I hope this will not be difficult.

I thank you for your Friendly Visits to my little Family, which I begyou would continue, and give your Advice about the Finishing my Habitation, where I long to be, but cannot yet for sometime. Adieu, my dear Friend, and believe me ever Yours affectionately

B Franklin

Mr. H. Roberts

Addressed: To / Mr Hugh Roberts / Mercht / Philadelphia

Endorsed: Letter from B. Franklin dated London Augt. 9. 1765 recd Oct. 24th per Budden1

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7See above, p. 202.

8Not identified.

9For BF’s invention of the Pa. fireplaces and for Robert Grace’s manufacture of them, see above, II, 419–21. On Nov. 27, 1765, Roberts wrote BF of the difficulty of procuring a fireplace of the kind he wished; see below, p. 386.

1Pa. Gaz., and Pa. Jour., Oct. 24, 1765, reported that the Philadelphia Packet, Capt. Richard Budden, was “in the River.” Her entry was reported in the next issue of each paper.

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