Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Joseph Galloway, 26 June 1770

To Joseph Galloway

ALS: Yale University Library

London, June 26. 1770.

Dear Sir,

Since mine of the 11th. Instant per Packet, I am favoured with yours of May 16. viâ Bristol, acquainting me with what was like to be the Determination of our Merchants relating to Importation, for which I am much oblig’d to you. I hope if in any thing they vary their Agreement, it will be only to make it more uniform with the other Colonies, and in itself more tenable with less Inconvenience, and of course more durable. A Report had been industriously propagated here immediately on the Arrival of the May Packet, that the Agreement was dissolved or broken through at Philadelphia, and that immense Orders were sent hither from thence; on which certain People exulted greatly; and ventured to say with Assurance that New York and Boston would soon follow. But this Intelligence from you and others by the Chalkley, together with the actual Return of the Goods by Scot from Boston, begins to change their Countenance.4

I am greatly obliged by your Endeavours to prevent the Publishing of those indiscrete Letters. I must be more prudent, and for the future shall write with reserve on publick Matters, except to yourself.5

Nothing material has occurr’d here since my last, except the Death of Mr. Beckford, who is a Loss to the general Interest of America, as he had really a considerable Weight, particularly with Lord Chatham.6 Party Heats are at present a little abated: But many think the Fire is only smothered, and will break out again before the Meeting of Parliament.

I wish you would write a Line or two to Mr. Strahan, who often enquires of me concerning your Welfare, and wonders he does not hear from you in Answer to some Letter of his. With the greatest Esteem, I am, my dear Friend, Yours most affectionately

B Franklin

Jos. Galloway Esqr

Endorsed:7 Saile and Wallace Monday

Story and Meredith Tuesday

Cox and Garrigues Wednesday

Lowden[?] and Wharton Freyday

Middeltown and Moreland

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The Chalkley, Capt. Peter Young, sailed from Philadelphia in mid-May for Bristol. The Lydia, Capt. Scott, sailed from Boston at the beginning of May and arrived in the Thames on June 13. Pa. Chron., May 7–14, and London Chron., June 13, 1770.

5One of these letters was to Thomson above, March 18; see also Galloway to BF below, Sept. 27. What the other letters were we have no idea. That to Galloway of March 21 could scarcely have been one of them because, although it might be called indiscreet, it had been promptly publicized by Galloway himself.

6William Beckford, M.P. and Lord Mayor of London, died in office on June 21.

7Not in Galloway’s hand. The names were familiar in Philadelphia at the time, but we have no reason to suppose that they were a list of those to whom the letter was to be shown.

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