Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Bull, 26 August 1776

To John Bull4

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philada. Aug. 26. 76


I have the Pleasure to acquaint you, that upon the Reading of your Letter which I laid before Convention, the Leave which you desired was granted. I am, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Col Bull.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Bull (c. 1730–1824) had recruited and commanded a Pa. battalion until the previous January, when he resigned because many of his officers would no longer serve under him. He was named to the convention in July, and excused from it to visit his old battalion at Perth Amboy; his request for extension of his leave had just been granted. He tried to return to active command in 1777, but failed again because of officers’ refusing to serve under him. John B. B. Trussell, Jr., The Pennsylvania Line: Regimental Organization and Operations, 1776–1783 (Harrisburg, Pa., 1977), pp. 39, 169, 183; PMHB, III (1879), 197; Force, 5 Amer. Arch., II, 24, 27–8.

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