Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Noble Wimberly Jones, 2 February 1772

From Noble Wimberly Jones

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Savannah 2d. Febry 1772

Dear Sir

Not having had the pleasure for some time of a line from you, gives me great concern,1 lest I by any Means have given offence, which if so can with truth assure you, must be without the least knowledge or intent as there is no Gentleman, with whom have only had the pleasure of a Written Corrispondence I do esteem more. We still remain as when I last Wrote, without a House of Representatives, what our Arbitrary Rulers mean by it am at a loss to conceive, unless to terrify weak-minded people into their measures, suppose however now, a short time will shew a part of their motives, as an Election begins to be talked off, whenever it be I trust you will be requested again to stand forth in behalf of the province, unless a set of timeserving creatures should compose the Majority which God forbid.2 If not too much Intrusion on your valluable time it will extreemly oblige me if any thing occurs concerning the province in general or the Land recomended to you3 to sollicit of a few lines from you. And am with the greatest Respect Dear Sir Your Most Obedient and Very Humble Servant.

N W Jones

Benjamin Franklin Esqr.

1BF’s most recent surviving letter had been written the previous July, but we have no proof that Jones had received it. See above, XVIII, 158–9.

2For the quarrel over the Assembly’s choosing Jones as speaker, which had produced a dissolution in 1771, see above, XVIII, 158–9, 168–9. The quarrel was renewed with the same result when a new Assembly convened in April, 1772; see BF to Jones below, April 2. Until the following December Georgia had no legislature of more than a few days’ duration; hence BF could not be reappointed as agent.

3For Sir William Baker and the land claims of his estate see above, XVII, 139 n, 148–50; XVIII, 18, 158, 169–70.

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