From Isaac Hunt2
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Philadelphia November 12th: 1771
As the Letter I wrote to you by the Packet might not get safe to Hand, I take the Liberty, by this opportunity, to acquaint you, that the Attorney General of Bermudas3 is dead; and to sollicit your good offices to procure me, if possible, that Law-Department.
The great Number of our Profession at present in Philadelphia, and the Scarcity of Business, arising from the Non-Importation Agreement, make my Application for an Appointment to that Station absolutely necessary at this Time; and as I am sensible you delight in Acts of Beneficence, I entertain the pleasing Hopes of being favored in this Business with your Interest and Patronage. Mrs. Hunt4 joins me in Respects to you, and I am, as I have ever been, since I had the Honor of knowing you, With Esteem Your real and obliged Friend
Addressed: To / Benja. Franklin Esqr. LLD. FRS / London / per favor of / Capt. Falconer
2. For this old acquaintance of BF see above, XIII, 279 n.
3. John Slater, who had held the office since 1756. See Henry C. Wilkinson, Bermuda in the Old Empire... (London, New York, Toronto, 1950), p. 441.
4. For Mary Shewell Hunt see above, XVII, 251.