Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Foxcroft, 18 February 1774

To Thomas Foxcroft

ALS (letterbook draft): American Philosophical Society

London, Feb. 18. 1774

Dear Sir,

I received yours of Dec. 29. with the Account. I wrote by the Packet to my Family to receive no more of those Payments, being now out of the Office.4 I thank you for your Care in ordering the Six Barrels of Flour, which I hope to receive soon. The Tea Ship arriv’d here safe having a very short Passage.5 I am ever, with sincere Regard, Dear Sir Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Mr. Thos Foxcroft

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4In a missing letter of Oct. 5, 1773, BF had requested uniform payments to DF of £30 a month; see RB to BF above, Jan. 1. The letter canceling this arrangement has also disappeared.

5For the vicissitudes of the Polly see above, XX, 488–9. She left Philadelphia on Dec. 28 and arrived in the Downs on Jan. 25. Her master’s reason, as given in the press, for returning the tea to the East India Co. was a triumph of understatement: he found the market for his cargo “very bad.” Public Advertiser, Jan. 28, 1774.

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