Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Robert Crafton, 11 March 1771

From Robert Crafton5

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Broad Street Buildg., Mar. 11. 1771.

Dear Sir

I hope you (as an American) have not caught that epidemical Disorder, that infects our Senators on this Side the Atlantic: Law Makers should not be Law-Breakers! You and I, cum aliis, laid our wise Noddles together, and framed a wise Statute; that we and all other Persons under a certain Predicament therein express’d, should dine every Thursday at the Dog Tavern on Garlick Hill: But O tempora! O mo[res!] if I mistake not, you have been there but once6 [torn] I shall take the Chair on Thursday, and do hereby en[join?] you, under pain of my greatest Displeasure, to [torn] in Person; and to bring with you some two or three or more young sucking Americans, that reside to the Westward, and do most probably attend your Levees; where indeed I should have been present more than once, but that the Defection of the Philadelphians, has chained me to the Oar for several Weeks past.7 I am respectfully &c. &c.

Robt. Crafton

Addressed: Benja. Franklin Esq

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5A London merchant identified above, XIV, 120 n.

6BF was overcommitted in his club life. The “Honest Whigs” also met on Thursday, and he doubtless preferred it to Crafton’s group of merchants trading with America. See Verner W. Crane, “The Club of Honest Whigs: Friends of Science and Liberty,” W&MQ, XXIII (1966), 213, 233 n.

7Presumably a reference to the rush of orders following the abandonment of the nonimportation agreement.

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