Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from the Georgia Assembly Committee of Correspondence, 11 May 1770

From the Georgia Assembly Committee of Correspondence

AD (letterbook copy): Georgia Historical Society

Savann[ah in Georgia, 11 May 1770]


As we expect a Ship is now at Cockspur Road at the entrance of this River bound for England7 and as we hope to get this on board we embrace the Opportunity of acquainting you that two Ordinances have been passed by the General Assembly, one reappointing you Agent for this Province passed the 27th. Febry last ending the first June next and another passed yesterday for another year ending the 1st. June 1771.8 We have not a moments time (the Boat waiting to Carry this on board) to say any thing on Publick Business of which we have several Matters in Charge and will be prepared to go by a Ship now here that will sail in all [likelihood?] this Month with Copies of the Ordinances properly authenticated. There is £100 provided for you [this] present year and inclosed you have our Governor’s Certificate for one hundred Pounds Sterling (for payment of which you will apply to John Campbell Esqr. his Majestys Agent for this Province9) for your Service from June 1768 to 1st. June 1769.

We are Sir &ca.1 J Habersham
Noble Jones
J: E Powell
N W Jones
Wm Ewen
Philip Box
Rd Cunym. Crooke

To Benjamin Franklin Esqr.  Agent for the Province of Georgia in London.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7A marginal note, slightly mutilated, makes clear that this was the snow Britannia, Stephen Deane master. She cleared for Cowes on May 11 but was still windbound five days later. Savannah Gaz., May 16, 1770.

8See the ordinances above, Feb. 27 and May 10.

9Campbell (1708–75) was a writer of some repute at the time, and crown agent for Georgia during the last decade of his life. DNB.

1For the first five signers see above, XV, 95 n; for the other two see the Georgia ordinance above, Feb. 27.

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