Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Samuel Wharton, 29 September 1779

From Samuel Wharton

AL: American Philosophical Society

Paris Wednesday Sepr. 29/79

Mr. Wharton presents his Compliments to Dr. Franklin, and returns the Journals of Congress, and News papers with Thanks. He does not find any Paper upon the Subject of back Lands. Upon Enquiry, and looking over his Invoice Book, He finds, That Copper in Sheets, was in the year 1770, from 87/6 to 90/ Sterling per hundred;— of 112 pds. to the hundred.7 Mr. Wharton thinks there has been little Alteration in price, if any, since that Time.

Addressed: A Son Excellenc / Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin / Passy

Notation: Wharton Paris 29. 7bre. 1779.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7According to information kindly supplied by Eric P. Newman, this was equivalent to roughly 9.5 pence per hundred weight. Newman has suggested that BF must have been inquiring about whether the cost of making copper planchets for coins could be reduced if they were produced from copper sheets; see Bridgen’s letter of Sept. 17, above.

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