Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Parker, 4 January 1770

From James Parker

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Woodbridge Jan. 4, 1769 [1770]2

Honoured Sir

I am yet here about the Jersey Laws: I sent up to New York 8 Days ago, a Letter for you with the first of the inclosed Bill of Exchange for £200, Wats and Mc Evers on Harley and Drummond which I had of Mr. Colden: but the Weather has been so extreme severe, that I have not learnt whether it could be sent by a Merchantship, or by this Packet; but lest that should be with a Merchant Ship, I venture to send this per Packet. By that I sent a New power to you which I designed by Capt. Davis, who witnessed it, but he sailed suddenly and I knew it not.3 The Laws will take me here about two Weeks from this Time,4 when I hope to return to New-York. I continue very Stiff and sore but seem to gather Strength a little: I have resigned the Office in the Custom-House:5 We are otherways much as usual, and with the Utmost Regards remain Your most obliged Servant

James Parker

PS. I don’t remember ever to have seen your Examination in a Quebeck Paper, it was in several of the Eastern Ones; but I write to Quebeck about it, and if I can get it I will send it.6

Addressed: For / Dr Benjamin Franklin / Craven Street / London / per Packet

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Misdated by Parker, as the body of the letter makes clear.

3For Parker’s previous letter and the business matters that he is discussing see above, XVI, 264, 269.

4For more than a decade Parker had been public printer for the province of New Jersey.

5See ibid., pp. 137–8.

6The Quebec Gaz. had printed BF’s famous Examination, in French and English, in six issues between Dec. 1, 1766, and Jan. 5, 1767; Parker succeeded in getting copies for BF, and forwarded them with his letter of April 23 below. Two eastern newspapers that had also printed it were the New London Gaz. and the Providence Gaz.

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