Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Edward Bridgen, 9 June 1783

From Edward Bridgen

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London June 9 1783

My Dear Sir

Your kind favour of the 22nd past9 reached my hands the 4th. Currant and I thank you for it, because it ordered the payment of arrears to the Society of Antiquaries, of which you were one of the first who has paid his arrears, after a general call ordered for the Secretary1 to make; but I undertook that office to you as some had doubted your honour.

There are several prints your due, and I think 3 or 4 Vol: of the Archiologia—also would you chuse to have the 2 or 3 Volumes preceeding purchased to make them compleat.2

Mr Hodgson paid me the 16 Guineas, & I have given him an Official receipt for the same.3

If My Worthy Friend Mr. Laurens is still with you pray Say all that is kind for me, and that I don’t answer his last as I expect to hear from him in person daily. God Bless & protect you and give you long life, & every comfort your advanced age can admit of, and be assured that I am unalterably My Dear Sir Most respectfully and Affecty. your ev hub st

Edwd: Bridgen

The Honbl Benj Franklin

Notation: E. Bridgen 9th June 1783

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Neither this letter nor the one that must have elicited it has been located.

1The society had two secretaries, William Norris and Thomas Morell. Bridgen was the treasurer: A List of the Society of Antiquaries of London, April 23, MDCCLXXXIII ([London], [1783]), p. 1.

2BF joined the Society of Antiquaries on May 13, 1773: A List of the Members of the Society of Antiquaries of London … (London, 1798), p. 26. The first two volumes of its journal, Archaeologia: or Miscellaneous Tracts, Relating to Antiquity, were published in 1770 and 1773, respectively. Volumes 3 through 6 had been published since BF left England in 1775.

3William Hodgson paid Bridgen £16 16 s. on BF’s account in June: Hodgson’s account of Oct. 24, 1783, described in XXXVII, 31n.

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