Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Whitehurst, 25 July 1771

From John Whitehurst9

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Clumber Park July 25 1771

Dear Sir

I sent the two Clocks on Tuesday last by Clark; to the Bell in Wood Street, Directed for you in Craven Street, the Strand.1

I hope they will please and Come Safe to hand. I have been So much out, I could not Engrave the Plates, and therefore Chose to Send them in the State they are In rather than keep them longer. Mr. Tompson Engraver in red lyon Street Clerken well,2 will do them in a day or two at any time, giving him proper Directions. Please to give him a line when you Chuse he Should wait on you. I am Sir your Most Obedient Servant

John Whitehurst

Addressed: To / Docr. Benjn: Franklin / Craven Street the Strand / London

Endorsed: J. Whitehurst Clocks

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9The Derby clock- and instrument-maker; see above, IX, 42 n; X, 70 n.

1For BF’s interest in clock design see above, VIII, 216–19, and Whitehurst’s second letter below, Aug. 1. BF must have ordered these clocks, perhaps as presents, when he was in Derby in May; they were probably sent by John Clark, a linen draper of Wood Street, Cheapside: Kent’s Directory... (London, 1770).

2John Thompson, of that address, was a clock- and watch-maker: ibid.

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