From Lewis Fevre5
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Craven-Street, August 4, 1773.
By Monday night’s Post I sent you two Parcels which contained the Acts relating to America, and five Letters or Parcels that came with the Packet: by last night’s Post one Letter; all which I hope you have received. Mr. Oliphant called here this Day, and left with me a Receipt for £800 that Mr. Alexander paid Mess. Brown & Collinson on your Account.6 Honoured Sir, I am with great Respect, Your Dutiful Servant,
Addressed: To / Dr. Franklin.
5. BF’s clerk “of French Extraction,” for whom see above, XIX, 438. We suspect that he spelled his Christian name Louis, but cannot prove it; in the only two references we have found it is anglicized. He was forwarding mail because BF was visiting Lord Le Despencer; see BF to WF above, Aug 4.
6. This payment is not recorded in BF’s Jour. or Ledger. It was unquestionably connected with BF’s underwriting William Alexander during the financial crisis of the previous year; see above, XIX, 315–16.