Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from William Hodgson, 29 June 1781

From William Hodgson

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London 29 June 1781

Dear sir

I did myself the pleasure to write you on the 8 May since when I am without any from you— I have had a Letter from Digges wherein he says that he intends to go to Passy to justify himself— but every day allmost produces fresh matter against him— I have a Letter from the Agent at Plymo Mr sawrey8 who complains that by Digges Order he furnished one Lambert a prisoner with near £10 & drew a Bill on Digges for his Reimbursement, which was protested. I now write purely to inform you that the last £100 you sent9 is entirely disbursed & our Subscription is wholly exhausted— of your Money I sent £40 to Mr Wren & £60 to Mr sawrey, if you have any Cash to spare you will be so good as send it or otherwise the weekly allowance must stop entirely it has been only 6 d. per week of late, there are upwards of 500 prisoners. I am with great respect D sr your most obedt Servt

William Hodgson

N.B. The money to Lambert was money deposited by Lamberts friends with Digges—

Addressed: To / Dr. Franklin / A / Passy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Miles Saurey: XXXI, 551–2n.

9On April 25: XXXIV, 572.

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