Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Walpole, 10 February 1777

From Thomas Walpole

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London the 10 feby 1777.


Mr. Wharton having signified to me by Letter that in the present unhappy Situation of Affairs in America he apprehends he cannot be of any use in the further Application to Government for Lands on the River Ohio, he therefore finally closed his Account on the 17th August last against my self and Associates, and sent me his Note of Charges, which are included in the inclosed State of your Account with me. I have been prevented from making out this Account ’till now, for want of being able to get sooner the Charges at the Public Offices, and those of Mr. Dagge, whereof you will find Copies here inclosed at length; and your part amounting to £5 17s. 4d. is carried to the Debtor side of your Account, reducing the Balance in my Hand to £111 8s. 9d. Inclosed is also the Account of William Franklin Esq. to whom there is likewise due a Balance of £111 8s. 9d. which Sums I am ready to discharge, on your returning my Receipts, or giving me any other proper Acquital.4 I am Sir Your most Obedient Servant

Thomas Walpole

To Benjamin Franklin Esq:

Notation: Walpole 10. Feby. 1777.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4BF asked Walpole to settle the account in his letter above, Jan. 12. Mr. Dagge, we assume, was Henry, for whom see above, XX, 310 n. In 1773 BF had paid £200 on each share, just over £177 for purchase money and the rest for expenses; when he left England he believed that this sum was still in Walpole’s hands: ibid., p. 326 n; memorandum book (above, VII, 167–8), entry of March 20, 1775. After the chance of a purchase evaporated, Walpole doubtless deducted final expenses and reduced the balance due to the figure mentioned here.

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