Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Samuel Rhoads, 29 October 1773

From Samuel Rhoads

ALS: Library of Congress

Philada. October 29th 1773

Dear Friend

Inclos’d are the Votes of the present Assembly. What happen’d last year I doubt not the Speaker has Communicated; this year they sat but a short time, chose their Officers and adjourn’d.8

Some Domestick Affairs of the Speakers call’d him out of Town Imiediately after he left the Chair; the Committee of Correspondance I presume will not meet till he returns. I have therefore undertaken to send the Votes, which will shew what is done.

As no new Instructions are given to the Agent no doubt the old Ones remain Valid; and he may Justly presume that it was not owing to any Neglect in the Assembly that they have not this Year given their Instructions to their Agent as formerly, But to a Confidence that he needed none. I am with great Esteem and respect thy Assured Friend

Saml Rhoads

Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin Esqr. / Agent for / Pennsylvania / in / London

Endorsed: Saml. Rhodes Octr 29—1773

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8The new Assembly met on Oct. 14; Galloway was re-elected speaker, and he, Rhoads, and others were named to the committee of correspondence. On the 15th BF was reappointed agent, and on the 16th the House adjourned until Nov. 29. 8 Pa. Arch., VIII, 7023–4, 7027, 7037. The Speaker seems to have had little communication with BF, official or private; see the note on Galloway’s letter above, Oct. 21. BF’s reply to Rhoads’s letter is below, Jan. 5, 1774.

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