Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Cushing, 3 September 1772

To Thomas Cushing

AL (letterbook draft): Library of Congress

London, Sept. 3. 1772


I write this Line just to acknowledge the Receipt of your several Favours of July 15 and 16, enclosing the Resolves of the House relating to the Governor’s Salary, and the Petition to the King.5 Lord Dartmouth, now our American Minister, will probably not be in Town till the Season of Business comes on, I shall then immediately put the Petition into his Hands, to be presented to his Majesty.6 I may be mistaken, but I imagine we shall not meet the same Difficulty in transacting Business with him as with his Predecessor, on whose Removal I congratulate you most heartily. I shall write fully per some of the next Boston Ships. At present can only add, that with the sincerest Esteem and Respect, I am, Sir, &c.

Honble. Thos Cushing, Esqr7

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5For the resolutions and the petition that grew out of them see Cushing’s letter above, July 15. The resolutions were presumably enclosed in his second letter, of the 16th, which has now been lost.

6Dartmouth returned to town at the beginning of November, when BF presented the petition: to Cushing below, Nov. 4. Parliament reconvened on Nov. 26.

7BF made a note to himself in the margin that by the same packet he had written Colden to acknowledge bills for £372 10s., and had sent some “small Letters” to other friends. All these have been lost; that to Colden is mentioned in BF’s letter to him below, Oct. 7.

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