Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Jonathan Shipley, 21 August 1773

To Jonathan Shipley

ALS: Yale University Library; draft: American Philosophical Society

London, Augt. 21. 1773.

My dear Lord,

Inclos’d I send a Boston Newspaper in which the Sermon is advertis’d. The Speaker of the Assembly of the Massachusets, in his Letter to me says, “The Bishop’s Sermon is much liked, as it discovers a catholick Spirit, and Sentiments very favourable with regard to America.” Dr. Chauncey, an ancient Dissenting Minister of Boston, writes, “The Bishop of St. Asaph’s Sermon I got reprinted in 24 Hours after it came to hand. ’Tis universally received here with Approbation and Wonder, and has done much Good. It sold amazingly. A second Impression was called for in two Days.”

I daily expect to hear more of it from the other Colonies.6

I hope the good Family all continue well and happy. With sincere Esteem and affectionate Respect I am ever Your Lordship’s most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Bishop of St. Asaph

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6For the Bishop’s sermon and its dissemination in the colonies see the note on BF to Cushing above, April 3. The Speaker’s acknowledgment on June 14 contained BF’s first quotation; the second was in a letter now lost from the Rev. Charles Chauncy (above, XI, 255 n), for many years the pastor of the First Church in Boston.

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