Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Joseph Galloway, 26 May 1767

From Joseph Galloway

ALS and duplicate: American Philosophical Society8

Philada. May 26. 1767.

Dear Friend

I wrote you a few Days since by the Post not expecting that the Packet wou’d be detained till now.9

I inclose you a Bill of Exchange drawn by Mr. Joseph Richardson on D. Barclay and Sons payable to you for £250 0s. 0d. Sterling, in Part of your two Years Salary amounting in the Whole to £1000, like Money agreable to a Certificate Signd by Order of the House, which I shall take up.1 The Residue of your Salary I shall remit by the first Opportunities, as I am requested so to do by your Worthy Son the Governor of Jersey.2 And as it is Possible you may have left London before this Letter Arrives, I have thought it prudent to inclose this Letter to Mr. Serjeant3 as your Friend, and a Gentleman with whom you have heretofore deposited your Cash, as your son informs me, desiring him, shoud you have Left England, to receive the Money on your Account. In this we have acted for the best, and if we have err’d I know youl have goodness enough to forgive the Mistake.

Being just about to set of[f] for Chester Court I have scarcely Time to add that I am, as ever Dear Friend, yours most Affectionately

Jos. Galloway

Benja. Franklin Esqr.

Addressed: For / Benjamin Franklin Esqr. / at Mrs. Stevensons in Craven Street / London

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8The version regarded as the duplicate is noted at the bottom of its first page in Galloway’s hand as “Copy of an Original per Packet.” Both versions have lost a few words from tears in the paper, but fortunately they are not the same words in both versions; hence those lost from what Galloway called the “Original” have been silently supplied here from what he called the “Copy.”

9The one noteworthy difference between the two versions is in this sentence. The duplicate reads: “I wrote you, a few Days since by the Packet, not expecting it would be detained till now.”

1On Joseph Richardson, a middle-of-the-road assemblyman, see above, XI, 526 n. On the Barclay firm, see above, IX, 190 n, and many other mentions in previous volumes. BF entered receipt of this bill of exchange in his accounts, July 3, 1767; (Journal, 1764–1776, p. 12; Ledger, 1764–1776, pp. 2, 3.

2BF recorded the receipt of the remaining £750 due him at this time for salary under date of July 9, 1767 (Journal, 1764–1776, p. 12; Ledger, 1764–1776, pp. 2, 3), but Galloway’s letter enclosing the bill of exchange has not been found.

3John Sargent, of Sargent, Aufrere & Co., has been mentioned often in previous volumes.

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