Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Joseph Sherwood, 12 February 1771

From Joseph Sherwood4

ALS: University of Pennsylvania Library

Warnford Court Throgmorton Street 12th. Feby. 1771.

Esteemed Friend

Some Years ago there was a dispute between Lord Baltimore and the Penn’s Family, respecting as I understand the Boundaries of the two Provinces. I should be much obliged to thee to be Informed in what Year the Decree was made in that Cause, and the Names of the Parties, and indeed every other particular thou can inform me, relating to this Business,5 which will oblige Thy respectful Friend

Joseph Sherwood

Addressed: To / Benjn. Franklyn Esqr. / at Widow Stevenson’s / in Craven Street / Strand.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The Quaker lawyer, formerly agent for New Jersey and at the time for Rhode Island; see above, XIV, 217, 249–50.

5Sherwood was asking for a lot, because the dispute went on for more than eighty years. The final decree in Chancery was not made until 1750, and the boundaries were not finally settled until the famous Mason and Dixon survey, completed in 1767. See Walter B. Scaife, “The Boundary Dispute between Maryland and Pennsylvania,” PMHB, IX (1885), 241–71.

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