Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from [Charles] Jackson, 4 November 1767

From [Charles] Jackson2

AL: American Philosophical Society

Genl. Post Office Novembr: 4. 1767.

Mr. Jackson presents his Compliments to Mr. Franklin, with many Thanks for his obliging Note; and the Order for Ten Guineas, for which he has the pleasure to send him the under written Receipt.3

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Charles Jackson held the post of comptroller of the Foreign Office in the General Post Office, London. His son of the same name also served later in the Secret Office. Kenneth Ellis, The Post Office in the Eighteenth Century (London, 1958), pp. 105–6, 133.

3Entries in BF’s account books indicated that, acting on behalf of Henry (Henrich) Miller, publisher of Der Wochenliche Philadelphische Staatsbote, he placed an order with Charles Jackson on Nov. 8, 1766, “for German Newspapers one Year” at a cost of £10 10s. On Oct. 14, 1767, BF recorded “Cash recd per Mrs. Franklin” from Miller “in full,” £10 10s. On Nov. 30, 1767, he recorded his own draft on his bankers, Smith, Wright & Gray, for £10 10s. in favor of Charles Jackson, thereby completing in somewhat roundabout fashion the payment due from Miller to Jackson, even though BF seems not to have entered the final transaction in his books until nearly four weeks after it took place. Journal, 1764–1776, pp. 10, 14; Ledger, 1764–1776, pp. 23, 24, 27. Jackson’s “under written Receipt” has not been found.

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