Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Joseph Smith, 1 October 1772

From Joseph Smith

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Burlington October 1. 1772

Esteemed Friend

I reciev’d thy Letter of the 6. Feby. but not till after the dissolution of the late Assembly which I believe was in consequence of a request they made at the close of their last Session after they had granted the money requested for the supply of the Troops and were on good terms with the Governor, the matter in dispute being amicably settled.8

The present Assembly met last month at Amboy. I understand they have continued thee Agent, but who the Committee are appointed to correspond with thee I have not heard.

I have agreeable to thy request reciev’d this day for thy use Two hundred and seventy five pounds, being two years and nine months Salary as Agent and shall follow thy directions in the application of it as soon as I have them9 being with great Esteem Thy Respectful Friend

Joseph Smith

Doctr. Franklin

Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin Esqr / Agent for the Colony of / New Jersey / London / via New York / per Capt Laurence

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Two issues had been in dispute, the manner of appointing an agent and the payment of the troops; see above, XVIII, 134, 218 n, 260–1, 270 n. Both had been resolved before the end of 1771, and in the following February the Assembly had been dissolved at its own request, to permit elections in which three newly enfranchised counties would be represented. The Assembly so elected had convened on August 19. 1 N.J. Arch., XVIII, 279, 297–8.

9BF had promised further instructions in his letter above, Feb. 6.

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