Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to William Marshall, 14 February 1773

To William Marshall7

ALS (letterbook draft): Library of Congress

London, Feb. 14. 1773

Reverend Sir,

I duly received your respected Letter of Oct. 30. and am very sensible of the Propriety and Equity of the Act passed to indulge your Friends in their Scruples relating to the Mode of Taking an Oath which you plead for so ably by numerous Reasons. That Act with others has now been some time laid before his Majesty in Council. I have not yet heard of any Objection to it; but if such should arise, I shall do my utmost to remove them, and obtain the Royal Assent.8 Believe me, Reverend Sir, to have the warmest Wishes for the Increase of Religious as well as Civil Liberty thro’out the World; and that I am, with great Regard, Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Mr Wm Marshall

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7The Scots Presbyterian minister in Philadelphia, for whom see above, XIX, 354 n.

8The act, “for the Relief of such Persons as conscientiously scruple the taking of an Oath in the common Form,” was one of the thirty that BF mentioned to the Pa. Assembly Committee of Correspondence above, Jan. 6. It was referred to the Board of Trade on Jan. 15, which reported favorably; the royal assent was given on April 7, and the Assembly was so informed on Oct. 15. 8 Pa. Arch., VIII, 7025, 7028, 7030.

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