Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Zachariah Hood, 23 September 1765

From Zachariah Hood5

Extract: Public Record Office6

Extract of a Letter from Mr. Zachary Hude [Zachariah Hood],
Distributor of Stamps for the Province of Maryland,
dated at New York, Sept. 23. 1765.

Our Province (Maryland) is extreamly heated. They have cut an Officer of the Tender in a shocking manner, pull’d down my House, and obliged me to flie (with a single Suit) or expect the same Fate as the Officer.7

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Stamp distributor for Maryland, who had fled to New York.

6This is one of the extracts from several correspondents that BF sent to the ministry in November 1765; see above, p. 263.

7Pa. Jour., Sept. 19, 1765, reported from Annapolis that on the night of September 2 “a number of People unknown, assembled in this town, and pulled down a house lately rented by a certain unwelcome officer.” From letters by Governor Horatio Sharpe it appears that the injury to the naval officer commanding a tender of H.M. Sloop Hornet was primarily the result of a tavern brawl, only indirectly brought on by high feeling over the Stamp Act. Archives of Maryland, XIV (Baltimore, 1895), 225–7, 229.

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