Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Charles Thomson and Thomas Mifflin, 3 May 1769

From Charles Thomson and Thomas Mifflin

Copy: Minutes of the Library Company of Philadelphia

Philada: 3d. May 1769


Since we had the Pleasure of writing to you an Union has taken place between the principal Librarys in Town.8 In Consequence of which the Directors have ordered a Review of the Books. And as it is not yet fully known what we have or what we want, The Directors have ordered us to write and request the Favour of you, if you have not laid out our Money not to purchase any Books till you hear from them which will be in a short Time. What you have purchased they desire you will please to forward by the first Opportunity. Among them we hope for the Pleasure of seeing your Works and Robertsons History of Charles 5th.9 We are, Sir with the greatest Esteem and Respect Your Obedient humble Servants.

Charles Thomson
Thomas Mifflin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8The Union Library Company, organized in 1746, had already absorbed by merger the Amicable and Association Libraries, and in April, 1769, had agreed to unite with the Library Company of Philadelphia. See George M. Abbot, A Short History of the Library Company of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, 1914), p. 10; E. V. Lamberton, “Colonial Libraries of Pennsylvania,” PMHB, XLII (1918), 193–207.

9BF’s Exper. and Obser. (4th ed., London, 1769); William Robertson, The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V … (3 vols., London, 1769).

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