Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Parker, 25 April 1770

From James Parker

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Newyork Wednesday Night April 25, 1770

Honoured Sir

Some Hours after I had sent my Letter to the Office to go with this Packet, Mr. Colden’s young Man brought me the inclosed Bill of Exchange for £50 Sterling which he offered me as he had just bought it @ 62½——and it being 2½ per Cent. cheaper than any to be got, I took it drawn this Day, Henry Thompson on Messrs. Pearson & Baillie of Liverpool——on which I instantly wrote this, as the Mail closes in an Hour.

Lewis was just now here, he came to thank me for the Assistance I had given him, to help him escape &c.9 He intreated I would not write the News to his Father——he promises Amendment of Life, so I submit to you not to acquaint his Friends with it. He may thank your Name for the Judge’s favourable Opinion of him, from Your most obliged Servant

James Parker.

Addressed: To / Dr Benjamin Franklin / Craven Street / London / per Lord Hide Packet

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9See the preceding document.

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