To William Franklin
Extract:7 reprinted from [Jared Sparks, ed.,] A Collection of the Familiar Letters and Miscellaneous Papers of Benjamin Franklin (Boston, 1833), p. 275.
May 10th, 1766.
I like the project of a colony in the Ilinois country, and will forward it to my utmost here.
7. The original letter has not been found. On the relationship between this extract and those immediately above and below, see the headnote to the one above. BF could not have received by May 10 WF’s letter of April 30 reporting the actual formation of a company of land speculators for western settlement. His knowledge of the detailed scheme was certainly derived from earlier letters not now to be found.