Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Pownall, 4 March 1767

From John Pownall9

AL: American Philosophical Society

March. 4. 1767

Mr. Pownall presents his respectfull Compliments to Dr. Franklyn and shall be greatly obliged to him if he can give him any Information as to the person and [illegible] mentioned below.

One -- Dimsdale1 died in the Province of Pensylvania in 1764 or 1765. possessed of a Plantation there, which he left by will in general Terms to his relations in the North of England.

Q. Mr. Dimsdales Christend name and the Value of his Plantation?

Addressed: To / Dr. Franklyn / J Pownall2

Endorsed in an unknown hand: Gosset in Berwick street Soho facing the Chapell3

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9John Pownall (1720–1795), brother of Governor Thomas Pownall, was secretary of the Board of Trade.

1Not identified.

2Apparently added to the address as a frank.

3Isaac Gossett (1713–1799), the wax modeller, who had apparently done a profile of BF in 1766, which Josiah Wedgwood used as the basis for a medallion. DF apparently had seen one by December 1766; above, XIII, frontispiece and 523 n. Charles C. Sellers, Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture (New Haven, 1962), pp. 69–73, 293–5; Soho was a good deal of an artists’ center.

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