Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Alexander Colden, 2 February 1773

To Alexander Colden

ALS (letterbook draft): Library of Congress

London, Feb. 2 1773

I receiv’d yours of Dec. 2. enclosing a Bill Hancock on Haley & Hopkins for £150 for Account of the Gen. Post-Office.1

Inclos’d I return you the Bill, Dunn on Long, Drake and Long, for £100 Sterling, with the Protest which costs 5s. 9d.2 I hope you are careful to give me Credit for these Protested Bills. I sent you two per last Packet, and one by that of November.3 Present my Respects to your Good Father, and your very ingenious Brother David, whose Letter I have received. They shall hear from me by the next NYork Ships.4 I am ever, with great Regard, Dear Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Alexr Colden Esqr—per Packet

1Discussed in the annotation of Colden’s letter above, Jan. 7.

2The bill had arrived the previous December: above, XIX, 398.

3See above, BF to Colden, Jan. 6, and XIX, 359.

4BF wrote David Colden on March 5 but did not, as far as we know, write the father, presumably because he could not bring himself to read the latter’s treatise; see BF to Alexander Colden below, June 2.

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