Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Richard Bache, [3 November 1772]

From Richard Bache

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philad[elphia, Nov. 3, 17723]

Dear and Honoured sir

I have to acknowledge Receipt [of your letter of?] 22 August per Falconer. Captain Falconer has left his Ship, as she is going to Carolina for a Frieght of Rice, he purposes staying at Home this Winter.4

At the Request of Mr. Baynton, I send you an Extract of a Letter from Mr. Hooper a surveyor, to him, respecting the Western Boundary of this Province &c. with his sentiments thereon. Also a number of Remarks of Mr. Morgan, which may be usefull to the Proprietors of the new Colony (should it take Place) in regard to the Mode of Settlement, granting of Land &c.5 I would have had Mr. Baynton to have sent them himself, but he [was afraid?] of being troublesome, therefore has put the Matter upon me. I cant help mentioning one thing to you, as a Matter [that?] will greatly impede the Settlement of the new Colony, and which has already alarmed and discouraged many People from setling to the Westward, and that is, the demolishing and abandoning, Fort Pitt, for which, it is said, Orders are issued. I am told that Governor Penn has applied to General Gage for a Respite of these Orders, ’till [he can hear again from?] Home respecting the Matter.6 If so [torn] the Proprietors of the new Colony to back [torn] that Pitsburg may be continued a Garrison Town.

My Mother, Sally and Ben are all well, they join in love to yourself, Mrs. Stevenson, Mrs. Hewson &c. with Dear sir Your truly Affectionate son

Richd: Bache

Permit me to congratulate you on your late honorary Appointment in France.7

Dr. Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3BF referred to the letter by date in his reply below, Feb. 3, 1773.

4See Falconer to BF below, Nov. 15.

5John Baynton and George Morgan were Samuel Wharton’s partners; see above, respectively, XI, 187 n; XIII, 400 n. For Robert L. Hooper, Croghan’s surveyor, see WF to BF above, Oct. 29.

6Gage had corresponded with Lord Hillsborough during the winter of 1771–72 about abandoning Fort Pitt, and in the following August ordered it evacuated. In late October Lieut. Gov. Penn asked him to leave part of the garrison until the Assembly could provide for raising provincial troops to replace the regulars. Gage acquiesced, but his countermanding order arrived too late; in early January, 1773, the soldiers of the garrison showed up in Philadelphia. Carter, ed., Gage Correspondence, I, 319, 335, 341, 344; II, 138.

7For BF’s election to the Académie royale des sciences see above, the second extract from BF to WF, Aug. 19, and BF to de la Vrillière, Sept. 4; below, BF to the Académie, Nov. 16.

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