Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Hutchinson, 26 March 1766

From Thomas Hutchinson

ALS: American Philosophical Society; letterbook copy: Massachusetts Archives, Office of the Secretary of State

Boston 26 March 1766

Dear Sir,

My son9 being bound to London I give him a letter to you that he may have a better Pretence for waiting on you and Paying his own as well as my respects to you.

I expected to have gone my self some of my friends advising to it; others thought it best for me to remain here and that I should not recommend my self to the ministry by leaving the Province at this time although I had leave for it.1 I hope my son will be of some service to me in my sollicitations for relief under my great sufferings which was my Principal inducement to consent to his voyage just at this time. I have cautioned him much against the snares and temptations of London. I hope he will be upon his guard. I am sure your advice will have great weight with him in every affair.2 I am with great esteem Sir Your faithful humble Servant

Tho Hutchinson

Doctor Franklin

Addressed: To Benjamin Franklin Esqr / London

Endorsed: Lieut. Govr. Hutchinson March 26. 1766

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Thomas Hutchinson, Jr. (1740–1811).

1For Hutchinson’s losses from the Stamp Act disturbances in Boston, his intended journey to England to seek compensation, and the ultimate action of the Massachusetts General Court on this matter, see above, XII, 339–40, 382, and accompanying notes.

2Nothing about the younger man’s contacts with BF in London appears in BF’s correspondence.

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