Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Jonathan Williams, Jr., [on or before 2 April 1772]: fragment

To [Jonathan Williams, Jr.]

ALS (letterbook draft; fragment): American Philosophical Society

[On or before April 2, 17722]

[Beginning lost: sub]scribers they are now sold at a Guinea and half, and not under.3 You will take such an Advance on them as you can get in reason, and pay the Money to your Aunt Mecom. My Love to her. Several Ships are arrived from Boston, without bringing me a Line from any Correspondent there.

Stick to the Ready Money Only, and attend to the Printed Advice I enclose in this Letter; then there will be no doubt of your succeeding.4 I am, Your affectionate Uncle

B Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2The fragment immediately precedes, on the same page, the letter to Jones of this date.

3BF was sending, via Josiah Williams, copies of Joseph Priestley’s new work on color; see BF to Hall above, March 20, and Jonathan’s acknowledgment of the books below, May 29.

4The printed advice was from Poor Richard: ibid. Jonathan had already announced that he was selling his English broadcloths for cash only (Boston Gaz., Nov. 25, 1771); for his complicated business affairs see his letter to BF below, April 10.

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