Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Hunter, 24 April 1773

From James Hunter

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia 24 [April, 1773]

Honoured Sir

I Received yours of the 10th of February, by which I was told to Draw upon you for eighty seven pounds ten shillings sterling, pursuant to which I have Drawn upon you, for the said sum of eighty seven pounds ten shillings sterling, and have disposed of the Bill unto James Hunter Merchant of our City5 on his order, to be paid on thirty Days Sight according to your order, and when the said Bill is paid it is in full for the Legacy of fifty pounds with interest for fifteen years and of all Demands. Worthy Sir it is not in my power, in my low sphere of life, to make you any restitution for your very great Kindness to us, I can only with my Wife and Daughter exert our Gratitude, in wishing you all Happiness and Success in all your Laudable purposes and undertakings and with great Humility subscribe my self Sir your Very Humble thankful and obedient Servant

James Hunter

Addressed: To / Dr / Benjamin Franklin / In London / These per Capt All

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5For the context of this letter see the one from BF that Hunter is acknowledging. The latter’s namesake was in all likelihood the merchant of Strawberry Alley, whose British correspondents in this period appear briefly in PMHB, XXVIII (1904), 104–5. The two James Hunters may or may not have been related; we know next to nothing about either.

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