Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Alexander Colden, 2 June 1773: résumé

From Alexander Colden

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<General Post Office, New York, June 2, 1773: Wrote him on May 5 and sent the accounts through April 5 last; also sent first bills of exchange, of which he now encloses seconds: John Bonfield on Quarles Harris, £80; Thomas Boylston on Champion & Dickason, £100; George Erwin on Lane, Son & Fraser, £120; Benjamin Ogles on James Anderson, £83 10s. 3d.; William Maxwell on Rowland [?] Williams, £67; total, £450 10s. 3d. Also encloses a first bill of Willing & Morris on Harris & Co. for £15, “being the Bill Mr. Foxcroft sent me for Wm. Taylors Protested Bill which you returned me, and I mentioned Mr. Foxcroft had Omitted to Endorse.”5 The Lord Hyde, packet, has not arrived. >

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Two of the American bills were drawn by Thomas Boylston, the prominent Boston merchant, and Willing & Morris, the equally prominent Philadelphia firm. George Erving, as BF spelled the name (Jour., p. 49), was undoubtedly the Bostonian who was Bowdoin’s brother-in-law: above, XVII, 243. Ogles may well have been Benjamin Ogle (1749–1809), a Marylander who was the son of a former governor and later became himself governor of the state; he was suing at the time for recovery of his plantation. Louise J. Hienton, Prince George’s Heritage: Sidelights on the Early History of Prince George’s County … [Baltimore, 1972], pp. 105–9. Ogle’s finances may have been precarious; in any case the bill was protested: BF to Colden below, Aug. 3. John Bonfield could have been the merchant, John Bondfield, who was later U.S. consul at Bordeaux and will appear often in subsequent volumes. Little is known of his early career, but the fact that John Adams knew him in America suggests that he was a Bostonian; see Butterfield, ed., John Adams Diary, II, 294 n. Some of the English merchants were Quarles Harris of Crutched Friars; Champion & Dickason of Bishopsgate St. Within; Lane, Son & Fraser of Nicholas Lane; and Herries & Co.–as BF spelled the name (Jour., p. 50)–of Jeffrey’s Square, St. Mary Axe. James Anderson may have been either the man of that name on Lamb’s Conduit St., Holborn, or the firm of James and William Anderson, Tower Hill. Kent’s Directory … (London, 1770).

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