Miscellaneous Benjamin Franklin Collections

Mss.B.F85.misc

Date: 1710-1822 | Size: 5 Linear feet

Abstract

Since publication of I. Minis Hays's Calendar of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin in 1908, the APS Library has acquired a large number of miscellaneous letters and other documents relating to the life, mind, and work of Franklin and his immediate family. The collections listed in this finding aid consist of letters and documents to and from Franklin organized into groupings based upon provenance or focal point. The largest grouping consists of miscellaneous materials acquired individually or in small groups over the years, including a number of important individual items. The other collections consist largely of correspondence between Franklin and individual friends and colleagues, including his friends Mme Brillon, Mary "Polly" Stevenson Hewson, and Catherine Ray Greene, the Whig agriculturist Richard Jackson, and the printer Francis Childs.

The collections include photostats of selected materials held by other institutions or that were in private hands. These are available for reference only.

Scope and content

Since publication of I. Minis Hays's Calendar of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin in 1908, the APS Library has acquired a large number of miscellaneous letters and other documents relating to the life, mind, and work of Franklin and his immediate family. The collections listed in this finding aid consist of letters and documents to and from Franklin organized into groupings based upon provenance or focal point. The largest grouping consists of miscellaneous materials acquired individually or in small groups over the years, including a number of important individual items. The other collections consist largely of correspondence between Franklin and individual friends and colleagues, including his friends Mme Brillon, Mary "Polly" Stevenson Hewson, and Catherine Ray Greene, the Whig agriculturist Richard Jackson, and the printer Francis Childs.

The letters to and from Benjamin Franklin in the miscellaneous collections has been or will be published by the Papers of Benjamin Franklin project. For the most part these materials arrived after I. Minis Hays undertook his project to calendar the Franklin Papers, and as a result, are not included in that calendar. The current Miscellaneous Collection is the product of the merger of three separate miscellaneous collections previously identified only by differences in call number. The items in each of these miscellaneous collections were originally catalogued in the order received and were assigned a numerical suffix to the basic call number (e.g. B F85.200 or B F85x.1). Although the collection has been rearranged into a single chronological series, we have retained the original call numbers to facilitate comparison to earlier citations.

The Library has holds reference copies of Franklin correspondence held at Abercairny House, General Registry Office, Edinburgh (correspondence with Henry Homes, Lord Kames), the J. Pierpont Morgan Library, the Harkness Collection at the New York Public Library, and the Bibliothèque Municipale, Mantes, France (duc de La Rochefoucauld). These materials may not be copied without the prior permission of the institution holding the originals.

Digital objects note

This collection contains digital materials that are available in the APS Digital Library. Links to these materials are provided with context in the inventory of this finding aid. A general listing of digital objects may also be found here.

Collection Information

Physical description

733 items

733 items

Restrictions

Restrictions on Use:

Permission to publish letters not owned by the APS must be obtained from the holding institution.

Provenance

Acquired variously.

Preferred citation

Cite as: [Name of Collection], American Philosophical Society.

Processing information

Encoded and recatalogued, 2003.

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Naval History Note

The Miscellaneous Benjamin Franklin Collections contain a few items which may be on interest to naval historians:

Barry, John, 1745-1803.
  1. Franklin, Benjamin. Letter to Captain John Barry. 1782 January 24. Concerning finding sailors for Captain Barry. Will see the Marquis de la Fayette about procuring some French sailors for service. Americans who have recently escaped from or have been exchanged from English prisons are also a possibility. The consul Mr. Barclay should be approached for anything that is needed for the ship. 1 page. (B F85.150)
Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
  1. Franklin, Benjamin. Letter to M. Le Ray de Chaumont. 1779 August 5. Regarding orders for Captain John Paul Jones. 1 page. (B F85.29).
  2. Franklin, Benjamin. Letter to Mrs. Jane Meacom (sic). 1779 October 25. Regarding the activities of John Paul Jones along the English coast. 4 pages. Jane Mecom Collection (B F85.m).
  3. Lee, Stephen. Letter to Benjamin Franklin. 1780 February 1. Complains of ill-treatment from John Paul Jones. Wishes payment for his services. 2 pages. (B F85.x67).
  4. Huntington, Samuel. Letter to Benjamin Franklin. 1781 March 2. Enclosing resolutions of the Congress pertaining to John Paul Jones. 1 page. (B F85.x42).

Early American History Note

The Papers of Benjamin Franklin are a rich source as varied and expansive as Dr. Franklin's storied life. The Collection has been calendared, catalogued, and much of it is available online at franklinpapers.org and in printed volumes. The APS inventory in MOLE is extraordinarily detailed. The aim of this entry is not to reproduce what is already readily accessible, but to focus on material that is unavailable in printed or online sources.

Most notable are a series of bound volumes that capture different aspects of Franklin's professional career. The bound volumes include a nearly complete record of the colonial Post Office that Franklin headed, numerous account books from Franklin's time in England and France, and official account books of the U.S. mission in France. In addition to these bound account and ledger books, the collection also includes a copy of the earliest deed known deed for the Pennsylvania statehouse property, various sketches and drawings thought to be done by Franklin, and four large volumes of a journal of John Lindsay Crawford's travels with the Russian Army from 1737-1739 that include large maps of Europe that Franklin kept in his library (these four volumes are separately described in MOLE under Crawford).

The Franklin Papers, along with the papers of his grandsons at the APS, provide a nearly complete picture of Benjamin's time in France as an American ambassador to France during the American Revolution. Aside from the manuscript records from this period, the collection has a nearly complete set of account books detailing both the official and personal transactions of Franklin in France.

The APS also houses a collection of books that came from Franklin's personal library. The library offers insight into Franklin's own reading and intellectual life. A box of miscellaneous papers in the manuscript collection may also be of related research interest. This box includes a variety of documents that Franklin had in his possession, such as copies of newspapers that have marginalia, that are not included in the official published papers.

Indexing Terms


Corporate Name(s)

  • American Philosophical Society
  • Junto

Geographic Name(s)

  • France -- Foreign relations -- United States
  • Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- United States
  • Pennsylvania -- Politics and government -- Colonial period, ca.1600-1775
  • United States -- Foreign relations -- France
  • United States -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain
  • United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca.1600-1775
  • United States -- History -- French and Indian War, 1755-1763
  • United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
  • United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Causes

Personal Name(s)

  • Bache, Sarah Franklin, 1743-1808
  • Bingham, William, 1752-1804
  • Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824
  • Chaumont, Jacques-Donatien Leray de, 1725-1803
  • Childs, Francis, 1763-1830
  • Cook, James, 1728-1779
  • Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
  • Franklin, Deborah Read Rogers, 1708-1774
  • Franklin, William Temple, 1760-1823
  • Franklin, William, 1731-1813
  • Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803
  • Genet, Edme Jacques, 1726-1781
  • Greene, Catharine Ray, 1731-1794
  • Greene, William, 1731-1809
  • Hall, David, 1714-1772
  • Hartley, David
  • Helvétius, Anne-Catherine
  • Hewson, Mary Stevenson, 1739-1795
  • Hill, Henry, 1732-1798
  • Ingersoll, Jared, 1722-1781
  • Jackson, Richard
  • Jay, John, 1745-1829
  • Laurens, Henry, 1724-1792
  • Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800
  • Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792
  • Mecom, Jane, 1712-1794
  • Price, Richard, 1723-1791
  • Stevenson, Margaret
  • Strahan, William (1715-1785)
  • Vergennes, Charles Gravier, Comte de, 1719-1787
  • Waring, John, 1716-1794
  • Williams, Jonathan
  • Wistar, Caspar, 1761-1818

Subject(s)

  • African Americans -- Education
  • Electricity -- Early works to 1800
  • Postal service -- United States
  • Printers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
  • Stamp Act, 1765

Collection overview

1710-1793531 items

Miscellaneous manuscripts written by or to Benjamin Franklin, acquired individually or in small groups. The material spans the entirety of Franklin's public career. A few items are supplied in photocopy from originals held privately or at other institutions.

The collection was rearranged chronologically in 2003, however the individual item numbers have been retained for reference purposes.

Mss.B.F85.f6.numeral  Benjamin Franklin Account Books
1730-187433 volumes

Thirty-three complete volumes portraying Franklin's business and personal concerns as well as his work with the Post Office in Philadelphia. These volumes also include a partial account of Franklin's estate and records maintained by Deborah Read Franklin and William Temple Franklin.

1788-179731 items

Two account books kept by Henry Hill (1732-1798), one of Franklin's executors and miscellaneous related material. Included are copies of Franklin's will, an inventory of the estate (copy), letters relating to claims on the estate, and recordings of receipts and disbursements made. The miscellaneous items include an interesting account with Robert Bass, Franklin's druggist, and a listing of medicine and surgery books belonging to Franklin.

1760-1837 
1763-1776 Mss.B F85.b
Mss.B.F85.br  Mme Brillon Collection
1778-178819 items

Correspondence written by Benjamin Franklin to his French confidante, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt Brillon de Jouy.

1783-179519 items

Miscellaneous correspondence between Benjamin and William Temple Franklin and the newspaper publisher Francis Childs.

Mss.B.F85.di  Diplomas
1753-1786 LH-MV-C
1751-178427 items

Miscellaneous correspondence between Benjamin Franklin, his sister Jane Mecom, and their friend Catherine Ray Greene.

1753-176741 items

Letters from Benjamin Franklin to Richard Jackson, and two letters from Samuel Finley, a minister and central figure in the Great Awakening.

1791-18704 Volumes757 p.

These four volumes include an account ledger (1791-1870), a bond account ledger (1791-1861), and two bond books (1791-1826), relating to the administration of Franklin's bequest to the city of Philadelphia of a fund to provide financial aid to young married artificers.

1729-1964 
Mss.B.F85.m  Jane Mecom Collection
1728-178965 items

Correspondence from Benjamin Franklin to his sister Jane Mecom written throughout his life.

  
  
1753 

Original manuscript of the address declaring the designation of Sir Godfrey Copley's Medal to Benjamin Franklin.

  

Photostats of microfilm copies of Franklin papers not held by APS. They are arranged chronologically.

  


Detailed Inventory

Mss.B.F85.misc Benjamin Franklin Miscellaneous Collection
1710-1793531 items

Miscellaneous manuscripts written by or to Benjamin Franklin, acquired individually or in small groups. The material spans the entirety of Franklin's public career. A few items are supplied in photocopy from originals held privately or at other institutions.

The collection was rearranged chronologically in 2003, however the individual item numbers have been retained for reference purposes.

General physical description: 531 items

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Poems to B[enjamin] F[ranklin]
1710 July 7, 15Photocopy,1p.B F85.421

Provenance: From originals in Julia Rush Biddle Henry Coll., Rosenbach Found.

General physical description: Photocopy,1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Elegy on my Sister Franklin
[ca. 1718-1722].Photostat, 4p.B F85.174

Provenance: From original in possession of the University of Pennsylvania. See University of Pennsylvania Library chronicle, v.2,no.3 and v.8,2-3.

General physical description: Photostat, 4p.

Cash, Caleb.
Will
1732/33 January 16DS, 1p.B F85.299

Witnessed: B. Franklin, Stephen Potts, Sarah Read. Certification, April 26, 1737, S: Pet[er] Evans.

General physical description: DS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Proposals and queries for the Junto
[ca.1732].Photo., 5p.B F85.367

In hand of Charles Thomson

Location of originals: From original in the Thomson memorandum book, 1754-1774. Gratz collection, H.S.P.

General physical description: Photo., 5p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Lease to Sarah Read for house and lot on High Street, for 99 years
1734 April 11Photostat of DS, 1p.B F85.110

Provenance: From original in Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

General physical description: Photostat of DS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Lease to Sarah Read
1734 April 11DS, 1p.B F85.385

Presented by Morris Duane; Dec.1969.

General physical description: DS, 1p.

Franklin, Deborah Read Rogers, 1708-1774.
Power of attorney, in the name of her husband Benjamin Franklin, to James Wilson to collect mortgage money from estate of William Maugridge
1738 Oct. 14D.S. 1p.B F85. x28

Att: Nicholas Waln [and] John Patton.

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

Coates, William.
Indenture to William Maugridge for the lease of a plot of ground in Northern Liberties, adjacent to that of Benjamin Franklin
1741 March 10DS, 1p.B F85.298

Certification, June 27, 1776;S: Jacob Duché.

General physical description: DS, 1p.

Edgell, Simon.
Will
1741 March 9D.S. 2p.B F85.301

Seal Witnessed: B. Franklin et al

General physical description: D.S. 2p.

Koyle, Michael. Estate.
Account with John Read
1741 April 20-1743 Sept. 26; 1749 October 23DS, 1p.LH-SB OS case

Contains receipt, same date, written in B. Franklin's (executor of estate) hand S: John Read.

General physical description: DS, 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Original call number. B F85.290

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
[Bond in re administration of estate of Simon Edgell]
1743 April 2DS, 1p.B F85.295
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Proposal for promoting useful knowledge among the British plantations in America
1743 May 14DS, 2p.B F85.297

In hand of Alexander Garden (?)  Copy sent to the Royal Society of arts, London, by Alexander Garden; cf. William Shipley to BF, Sept. 13, 1755 - Franklin Papers I,38; also

General physical description: DS, 2p.

Smout, Edward.
Bond of Edward Smout, Rebecca Edgell and Benjamin Franklin in re estate of John Armstrong
1744 April 24DS, 1p.B F85.313
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Receipt to John Bringhurst for printing Mr. Estaugh's book, with statement of account of Elizabeth Estaugh and John Bringhurst
1744 April 25Photocopy,2p.B F85.378

Presented by Willman Spawn; 1966.

Provenance: (from originals in Estaugh Papers, Haverford College, quaker Collection.)

General physical description: Photocopy,2p.

Access digital object:
https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/text:255677/

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Cadwallader Colden
1744 April 5Photostat, 1p.B F85.4

Relative to founding of the APS.

Location of originals: From original in possession of New-York Historical Society.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to W[illia]m Strahan
1744 Sept. 18ALS, 1p. Slightly mutilated.B F85.70

Sends books he has printed. Orders type to complete a "little Printing House for our common Friend Mr. Hall."

General physical description: ALS, 1p. Slightly mutilated.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Account with [Nathaniel] Clapp (sic)
[1744 November 3]ADS Cy, 1p.B F85.392

Charges for printing and binding Mather's Soul-saying gospel truths. On same page as B[enjamin] Franklin to Clapp (sic); [Nov.3, 1744,]

Provenance: (From Bruce Gimelson, Autograph Auction No. 8, October 5, 1972.)

General physical description: ADS Cy, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Post-master's bill; from the post-office at Philad. to the post-office at Boston;
1745 June 13Pr. DS, 1p.B F85.167

Probably a Franklin imprint With this is an engraving of Dr. Franklin in fur cap. Removed from frame; Feb. 1963.

General physical description: Pr. DS, 1p.

Access digital object:
https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/text:191276

Middleton, Mary.
Bond of Mary Middleton, Benjamin Franklin and Jacob Duché in re estate of James Middleton
1745 June 3DS, 1p.B F85.312
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to James Alexander
1745 August 15ALS, 1p.B F85.43

Relative to some engraving work. Mentions [Lewis ?] Evans and [James ?] Parker.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Bond to Isaac Jones
1745 December 19Photo., 1p.B F85.361

Presented by Robert B. Fisher; 1961.

General physical description: Photo., 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: (see film 1052.)

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
[Bond in re administration of estate of Joseph Breintnall]
1746 April 12DS, 1p.B F85.296
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [William Strahan]
1746 May 22ALS, 1p.B F85.188

Orders maps for Assembly.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Brother [Franklin]
1747 April 2LS Cy, 2p.B F85.236

On same sheet is portion of another, undated, letter from Franklin to his brother. Desires information on Admiral Warren's actions. Mentions Billy [William Franklin].

General physical description: LS Cy, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to William Strahan
1747 June 1ALS, 1p.B F85.284

Mr. Hall will advise him of their business arrangement. Purchase of books.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to W[illia]m Strahan
1747 November 28ALS, 1p.B F85.69

Mr. Hall will order books for the shop after that date. Maps for the gallery and assembly room in the State House. Presented by Dr. Thomas S. Gates, May 1947.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Meuris, Matthias. Estate of.
List of debts due sundry persons
ca.1747AMs, 1p.

Debt to Benjamin Franklin - £42.

General physical description: AMs, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Cadwalader Colden
1748 Sept. 29Photostat, 3p.B F85.85

Provenance: From Original in the New-York Historical Society.

General physical description: Photostat, 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Mr. Strahan
1748 November 23Photostat, 1p.B F85.108

Relative to Mr. Read's account. Mentions Dr. Mitchell and fireplaces.

Location of originals: Presented by J. B. Nolan from original in Buffalo Historical Society, November 1948.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Library Company of Philadelphia.
Minutes
1748 November 7; 1748 Dec.; 1748/9 January 93p.B F85.261

Dr. of A.D. in handwriting of Benjamin Franklin. On reverse of bill for books from Peter Collinson, June 16,1742-Oct. 15, 1745.

General physical description: 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Ja[mes Logan ?]
1749 July 4ALS, 1p.B F85.126

Sends Smith's Travels and Pope's Life of Ward. Mentions N. Holland.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [George Whitefield]
1749 July 6A.L. 2p.B F85.335

Fragment.

General physical description: A.L. 2p.

Koyle, Michael, Estate of.
Account with T. Leech and B. Franklin
1749 Sept. 29-1751 April 24; 1751 August 6DS. 1p.LH-SB-OS

In Franklin's hand. Principally funeral expenses and taxes.

General physical description: DS. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Original call number. B F85.289

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Abiah Folger Franklin]
1749 Sept. 7ALS, 1p.B F85.371

In hand of Jane Mecom.

Provenance: Presented by Morris Duane; Dec 1962.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Koyle, Michael.
Inventory of estate
1749 October 6D, 1p.B F85.294

In B. Franklin's hand.

General physical description: D, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to "Dear Elias"
1750 June 1Photocopy, 1p.B F85.400

Acknowledges receipt of the "copper and Worm" which is to be forwarded to an individual in Maryland. Mentions James Logan.

Provenance: (From Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., Public Auction, May 21, 1974.)

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

Collinson, Peter, 1694-1768.
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin]; Lond[on]
1750 July 10 [or 11]Photostat, 3p.

The proprietor approves the Academy. All of his electrical papers are in press under the supervision of Dr. Fothergill. Mentions John Bartram.

Provenance: From original on Library Co.

General physical description: Photostat, 3p.

Library Company of Philadelphia.
Minutes
1750 Sept. 101p.B F85.121

Oct. 8. A.D. in hand of B. Franklin.

General physical description: 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [William Strahan]
1750 December 6ALS, 2p.B F85.251

Asks that he enter his son, William Franklin, as a student of law in one of the Inns; orders some books.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Lavers, Robert.
Receipt to B. Franklin for certain books and magazines for the library
1750 Dec. 22DS, 1p.

In B. Franklin's hand.

General physical description: DS, 1p.

Hurford, Samuel.
Receipt to Benjamin Franklin for payment of tax for Michael Koyall's estate
1751 June 6DS, 1p.B F85.293

In B. Franklin's hand.

General physical description: DS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letters to [Cadwallader Colden]
1751 October 31Lithograph (?) of ALS, 2p.B F85.184
The Philadelphians chess society.
Rules to be accepted by members..
1752 April 24Photostat, ForgeryLH-BS-OS

General physical description: Photostat, Forgery

Other Descriptive Information: Original call number: B F85.281

Philadelphia. Mayor, Magistrates and Wardens.
1752 July 7D.S, 9 leaves.B F85.45

Orders for regulating the conduct of the watch, made by the magistrates and wardens.

General physical description: D.S, 9 leaves.

Green, Thomas.
Mortgage from Thomas and Martha Green to Isaac Norris, Thomas Leech and Edward Warner, for parcel of land in Northern Liberties, £179.17.10;
1752 August 4D.S. 3p.B F85.267

Certification, August 21, 1752, S: B. Franklin, as justice.

Provenance: Presented by Mr. Samuel H. Mcvitty, March 1955.

General physical description: D.S. 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [William Strahan]
1752 Sept. 1ALS, 1p.B F85.323

Encloses second bill for £20 drawn on Alexander Grant for Mary Stevens. For record of first bill, see letter of Aug. 8, 1752 (Smyth, III,94). Fine impression of B.F.'s seal.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to P[eter] Collinson
1752 October 1Enlargement pprint of copy of L. 2p., end.B F85.196

Copy made by Peter Collinson.

Provenance: Presented by I.B. Cohen, March 1952, from original owned by Royal Society.

General physical description: Enlargement pprint of copy of L. 2p., end.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to John Franklin
1752 December 8Photostat, 2p.B F85.37

Pertains to a catheter.

Provenance: Photostat presented by the New York Academy of Medicine which owns the original.

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

Philadelphia (Pa.). Committee of Merchants.
Petition against patent exclusive rights of trade to Labrador
1752Photostat, 2p.B F85.96

Also contains report of the Lords of the committee of council for plantation affairs; December 21, 1752.

Location of originals: Original in the Colonial office of the board of trade - commercial.

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Recommendations for Justices of Berks
17521 p.

Fragment. Includes names and locations within Berks County. Found in a book--Heinrich Alsted, Encyclopaedia (1630), which belonged to Benjamin Franklin, and was presented to the APS by Talbot Hamilton in 1807. Pages were stuck between pages 1508 and 1509 in volume two in an article headed "Scholasticae."

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to "Dear Brother" [John Franklin ?]
1753 January 2Photostat, 1p.B F85.216

Questions him about their father's estate; and about various papers on electricity etc., he sent him. On reverse is copy of letter from Franklin to his brother, Sept. 27, 1750.

Location of originals: From original in possession of Vassar B. Carlton, who presented photostat, May 1951.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Brother [John (?) Franklin]
1753 January 2LS Cy, 1p.B F85.237

His brother's case of the stone. Questions concerning their father's estate. Inquires whether he has read his electrical papers and others sent him.

General physical description: LS Cy, 1p.

Hill, Richard.
Deed, given by his attorney Samuel Preston Moore to Samuell Powell, for plot of ground about Third and Sassafras streets
1753 March 252p.B F85.277

D. with certification S: B. Franklin, Justice. April 20,1753.

General physical description: 2p.

Norris, Isaac, 1701-1766.
Deed to Moses Moore for land in Chester Co., Pa
1753 May 18DS, 1p.B F85.163
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Peter Collinson]
1753 May 9LS Cy, 7p.B F85.252

Provenance: Presented by Arthur Bloch, Nov.1954.

General physical description: LS Cy, 7p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to George Whitefield, Philadelphia
1753 June 6Photostat, 3p.B F85.9

Franklin's notion of good works. The Franklin Papers contain an autograph draft of this letter, with slight differences in wording, addressed to Joseph Huey (v.45, no.7); see also Smyth, v.3,143)

Provenance: The original of this photostat was offered for sale to the A.P.S. by Paul Elder and Co., San Francisco, Cal., March 1940.

General physical description: Photostat, 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Hugh Roberts. Philadelphia
1753 July 16ALS, 1p.B F85.365

Forwards package for the Speaker. Concerning his travels and plans for return. Refers to the Junto.

Provenance: Presented by R. Sturgis Ingersoll; July 12, 1951.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Library Company of Philadelphia.
Minute of the Directors
1753 December 10A.D. in hand of B. Franklin 2p.B F85.265

Provenance: Presented By Mr. S.H. McVitty, March 1955.

General physical description: A.D. in hand of B. Franklin 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Edw[ar]d Shippen
1754 February 14ALS, 2p.B F85.46

Printing house in Lancaster.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [William Watson]
1754 April 19PhotostatB F85.147

Electrical experiments.

Provenance: From original consigned to A.Privat, Paris, 1949.

General physical description: Photostat

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to President and Council of the Royal Society [ of London]
1754 May 19Typed c. of L. 1p.B F85.187

Acknowledges the honor bestowed upon him by receipt of the Copley medal for 1753.

Provenance: Presented by I. Bernard Cohen, Sept. 1951.

General physical description: Typed c. of L. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Peter Collinson]
1754 May 28Copy of L. 3p.B F85.131

Proprietor's interest in the Academy. Sent paper containing his new experiments on lightning and electricity of the clouds. Capt. Swain has gone on second attempt for the N.W. passage. Acknowledges [Copley] medal and barometers through Mr. Smith. Mr. Short's improvements of his fire-hearths. Comments on relationship of the Crown and colonies with respect to the designs of the French. Albany conference. On same sheet with letter of July 29, 1754.

General physical description: Copy of L. 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Peter Collinson]
1754 July 29ALS, 2p.B F85.131

Comment on Albany conference from which has just returned, Finds is Beccaria's Dell'elettricismo artificiale naturale that the author has same opinion as he does that "Thunder-Storkes are sometimes upwards from the earth to the cloud." Contains note in Collinson's hand. Transcribed also is letter from Franklin to Collinson, May 28, 1754, in secretary's hand.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed: Cohen, I. B., Franklin and Newton. v.43. p. 500-501. (Extracts): Labaree, Papers, vol.V,394-396.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to William Strahan
1755 March 23ALS, 1p.B F85.288

Letter serves to cover a Bill of exchange for 20£.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
1755 April ca.AD, 2p.B F85.42

Memorandum relative to the reforms in connection with the delivery of mail.

General physical description: AD, 2p.

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Braddock, Edward, 1695-1755.
Commission to [John] Read, as waggon master; Fort Cumberland
1755 May 21DS, 1p.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Pass for John Bickner and John Myfield permitting them to go to the new road in Cumberland county for clearing same
1755 May 30ADS, 1p.B F85.264

Presented by Mr. Samuel H. McVitty, March 1955.

General physical description: ADS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Susanna Wright
[1755 June] Monday morningPhotostat, 1p.B F85.79

Presented by Julian P. Boyd, July 1947.

Location of originals: From original in possession of Frank Jewett Mather.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Rich[ar]d Peters
[1755 Aug.]ALS, 1p.B F85.60

Relative to the delivery of certain letters. "They hope the Colonel [Dunbar] does not mean to come to Philade. but only into this Province to be near the Magazine at Shippensburgh..."

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Read, John.
[Power of attorney to Benjamin Franklin; particularly with respect to wages due him as wagon master during the Braddock campaign]
1755 Oct. 8Pr.DS, 1p.

With this are: E. Braddock to [John] Read; May 21,1755 - appointment as waggonmaster. (B:F85.x7b) Certification by Thos. Scott that wages are due John Read, waggon master; Oct. 1, 1755. (B:F85.x7c)

General physical description: Pr.DS, 1p.

Scott, Thomas.
Certification that wages are due to John Read for his services as wagon master during the Braddock campaign
1755 Oct. 1ADS, 1p.

Scott was wagon master general.

General physical description: ADS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Jona[tha]n Williams,Boston; Philad
1755 October 16ALS, 1p.B F85.329

"Free B Franklin". Sends printing paper to be sold.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to James Read
1755 Nov.2ALS, 5p.B F85.372

Presented by Morris Duane; Dec.1962.

General physical description: ALS, 5p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Rich[ar]d Peters;
1755 November 5 B F85.397

Acknowledges Peters' intentions to provide the bearers of the letter "with what Arms and immunition they have occasion for, provided the Assembly will engage to pay for them."

Parker, George, 2nd earl of Macclesfield, 1697-1764.
Recommendation of Benjamin Franklin for election to membership in the Royal Society of London
1756 Jan. 29Photograph of D.S: Macclesfield. . .P. Collinson and others. 1p.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Jane Mecom]
1756 February 12Repro. of ALS. 1p.B F85.437

Consolation on the death of their brother. Source of image (Batchelder Cat. #56, n.d.). 1. Mecom. Jane, 1712-1794. I. B. Franklin chron.

General physical description: Repro. of ALS. 1p.

Sober, Sarah.
Will
1756 February --D.S. 1p.LH-SB-OS

Seal Witnessed: Deborah Franklin, John Morgan Certification, Phila., October 3, 1757, S:William Plumsted. Mentions Benjamin Franklin and Richard Peters.

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Original call number: B F85.300

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Miss Hubbard
[1756 February 22]Copy of typed L. 1p.B F85.354

Taken from the Massachusetts Centinel, May 15, 1790. Presented by J.B.Nolan; May 1960.

General physical description: Copy of typed L. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: (see Mass.Magazine; Feb.1789,p.100.)

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Position of troops in Northampton Co
[1756 February]Photostat of A.D. 1p.B F85.218

In Connection with this document see article by William A. Hunter, "Two 'new' Franklin manuscripts," Photostat presented by Mr.Hunter, 1953.

Provenance: From original in the Pa. State Archives, Papers of the Provincial Council, Harrisburg.

General physical description: Photostat of A.D. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Elizabeth Hubbard (sic) , dated Philadelphia
1756 March 5ALS, 1p. 0.B F85.5

shall send a commission to cousin Tuthill [Hubbart]; could be glad to have the state of the office accounts and the balance... Elizabeth Hubbart later became Elizabeth Partridge. Purchased at the Parke-Bernet sale, October 12-13, 1938, $55.

General physical description: ALS, 1p. 0.

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Clapham, William.
Letter to B. F[ranklin]
1756 Sept. 8Photostat of extract of L. 1p.

Presented by W.A. Hunter, June 1954.

Provenance: From original in Papers of the Provincial council, Division of Public Records, Harrisburg, Pa.

General physical description: Photostat of extract of L. 1p.

Pennsylvania. Provincial Council.
Minutes of Conference with Indians, held at Easton, Pa
1756 November 15Photostat of extract, in handwriting of Benjamin Franklin. 3p.B F85.234

Presented by Dr. William A. Hunter, May 1954.

Provenance: Original in Pa. hist. and mus. com., Dept. of Public Records, Papers of the Provincial council. Text incorporated in Provincial Record, P, 89-90.

General physical description: Photostat of extract, in handwriting of Benjamin Franklin. 3p.

Wister, Johannes, 1708-1789.
Receipt to Benjamin Franklin
1756 November 301 p.OS

Philadelphia. 13 January 1756, Franklin bought from Wister Madeira wine and sold to Wister 3 pipes. 30 November 1756, Franklin paid the balance due.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Betsy Hubbard
1757 January 13ALS, 2p.B F85.162

Advice for story-tellers; old age.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Earl of Loudoun; Woodbridge
1757 May 21Photostat, 2p.B F85.186

Delay in sailing of packet. Suggests that someone be appointed to enquire into the claims of the masters whose servants have been taken into service from Pa. From Loucoun papers, Huntington library. Press ented by E.M.Riley, August 1951.

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

Franklin and Hall.
Receipt to Nathaniel Moore
1757 May 23Ms. D. (signature in handwriting of David Hall) 1p.B F85.260

Subscription to the Gazette.

General physical description: Ms. D. (signature in handwriting of David Hall) 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Jane Mecom
1757 May 30 (?)Photostat of extract of L. Portion of p.B F85.65.

From extract in New England Historic Genealogical Society. On same sheet with extract of letter of July 1, 1789.

General physical description: Photostat of extract of L. Portion of p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Invoice to the Library Company of Philadelphia;
1757 Sept. 22-1762 July 28Copy of A.D.S. 1p. 9x6.B F85.399

Provenance: (From Charles Hamilton, Auction no. 77, May 2, 1974.)

General physical description: Copy of A.D.S. 1p. 9x6.

Hubbart, James.
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin ?]
1757 Oct. 16L. 1p.

Safe arrived in Halifax. News of French and English action in and near the city. Death of Capt. Lewis.

General physical description: L. 1p.

Bartram, John, 1699-1777.
Letter to B[enjamin] Franklin
1757 Nov. 12Typescript of L. 1p.Extract.

Concerning the Aurora Borealis. Presented by Francis D. West, 1953.

Provenance: (from original in Royal Society, London.)

General physical description: Typescript of L. 1p.Extract.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [John] Pringle
1757 December 21Photostat, 4p.B F85.308

Provenance: From original in Royal Society of London; read and presented to the APS by Lord Adrian, April 20, 1956.

General physical description: Photostat, 4p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to David Hall
1757 December 9ALS, 2p.B F85.17

Printing matters; European affairs. Purchased from W. B. Ingham, March 1941.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Mr.[John] Waring
1758 January 3ALS, 3p.B F85.97

Proposed school for negro children in Philadelphia sponsored by the Associates of Dr.Bray. Transcribes extract of letter from Mr.Sturgeon, August 22,1757.

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

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Franklin, Deborah Read Rogers, 1708-1774.
Letter to the Earl of Loudon
1758 January 20Photostat, 1p.B F85x
Loudon, Earl of.
Letter to Deborah Read Franklin
1758 January 24Photostat, 1p.B F85x
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to J[ohn] Waring
1758 February 17ALS, 3p.B F85.98

Advice on establishing a school for negro children. Mr. [Henry] Wheatly's legacy for James and Mary Hunter (?).

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Commission to Woodward Abraham to the post of deputy post-master at Marblehead, Mass
1758 April 10Printed D. filled in and S: B.Franklin, William Hunter [post-masters-general]. 1p.B F85.153

Seal. (Actually signed by James Parker for the post-masters general)

General physical description: Printed D. filled in and S: B.Franklin, William Hunter [post-masters-general]. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Joseph] Galloway
1758 June 10ALS, Photostat. 2p. F.B F85.8

Hears nothing of Mr. Hamilton's application for a charter for Phliadelphia from the Crown.

Provenance: The original of this photostat is in the Mason Collection at Yale University Library; photostat was purchased from the Library, October 1939, $ .60.

General physical description: ALS, Photostat. 2p. F.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [David] Hall, Philadelphia
1758 June 10L.S. 1p.B F85.345

Trouble with Moore and Smith affair. His confidence in Hall. Business. Strahan will forward certain articles. Concerning a printer who may remove to America. Refers to "Billy".

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mary [Stevenson], Tunbridge Wells
1758 August 20ALS, 1p.B F85.7-1
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
1758
 ALS, 14p.B F85.102

Freeman Guide 969.

General physical description: ALS, 14p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary] Stevenson
1760 February 14ALS, 1p.B F85.7-2
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Miss Stevenson
1760 May 1ALS, 2p.B F85.273
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to William Cullen
1760 Sept. 17L.S. 1p.B F85.271

Introduces the bearer, Mr. [William] Shippen who goes to Edinburgh for study of physick and surgery.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

Wright, John.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1760 Nov. 22ALS, 1p.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Mr. [John] Winthrop
1761 April 8ALS, 1p.B F85.169

Contains also drafts of letters from Winthrop to Franklin, Pringle, and Gov. Belcher. John Pringle's piece on fiery meteors Sands papers of Mr. Kennicott relating to the Hebrew Bible; inquires whether the college has any associated material.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to John Balfour
1761 April 2ADrS, 1p.B F85.15

Eefers to payment of a bill received from David Hall. Written on back of letter from Balfour to Franklin, March 26, 1761.

Provenance: Purchased from W. B. Ingham, March 1941

General physical description: ADrS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Josiah Quincy
1761 April 8ALS, 2p.B F85.19

Purchased at the sale of the Larkin collection, Kende galleries, Gimbel brothers, N.Y., May 1, 1942. No.A10.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to E. Pennington (sic)
1761 May 9ALS, 3p.B F85.230
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary Stevenson]
1761 July 7ALS, 1p.B F85.7-3
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letters to Debby [Franklin]
1761 August 7ALS, 1p.B F85.201

Plans to set out in few days for Harwich; possibility of going to Holland.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [William] Cullen
1761 October 21L.S. 2p.B F85.275
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Mary [Stevenson]
1761 October 29ALS, 1p.B F85.164

Printed almost entirely: Smyth,4,117.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Lord Bessborough
Friday evening [ca. 1761]ALS, 3p.B F85.141

According to recent commission, Mr. Hunter's decease has not caused a vacancy in the American postmastership - Franklin fills entire office.

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary Stevenson]
1762 May 10ALS, 2p.B F85.7-4
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary Stevenson]
1762 May 24ALS, 2p.B F85.7-5
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to J[ohn] Winthrop
1762 December 23ALS, 1p.B F85.14

Scientific and friendly news. Mentions his son. On same sheet are letters from Winthrop to B.Franklin; Jan 20,1763, and Winthrop to Short; June 6, 1764.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Order to Messrs. Hughes and Co., for a set of musical glasses, with directions for making
[ca. 1762?]Photostat of A.D. 1p. Photostat of A.D. 2p. il.B F85.331

---- Directions for making a musical machine. Presented by Whitfield J. Bell, Jr., 1956.

Location of originals: From originals in the Assay Office, Birmingham, England. "Not to be reproduced without permission."

General physical description: Photostat of A.D. 1p. Photostat of A.D. 2p. il.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to William Strahan
1763 March 28Enlargement print of ALS, 2p.B F85.122

Location of originals: From original in possession of the University of Pennsylvania.

General physical description: Enlargement print of ALS, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mary [Stevenson], New York
1763 June 27ALS, 1p.B F85.7-6
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Mr. [John] Waring
1763 June 27ALS, 3p.B F85.99

School for Negro children in Philadelphia; similiar institutions in New York, Williamsburgh, New York, and proposed one in Newport, R.I.

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Catherine Greene]
1763 July (sic) 23Photostat of newsclipping.B F85.61

From the Boston Post, ca. Jan.10, 1850. The text of this letter is the same as that from Franklin to caty of Jan.23, 1763 (of. B:F85.86 and Smyth, v.4,188) Contains also portions of letters from Franklin to caty or William Greene Feb.15. 1764 and Feb. 28, 1778. Letter printed also in Littell's living age,p.80,no.308,Apr.1850.

General physical description: Photostat of newsclipping.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [William Greene]
1763 July 19ALS, 1p.B F85.307
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Jared Ingersoll, New Haven
1763 July 25ALS, 1p., add., end. 9x7-1/4.B F85.393

Informs Ingersoll that "I shall ...call on my way home... about the Beginning of September." Mentions his daughter Sarah.

General physical description: ALS, 1p., add., end. 9x7-1/4.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Catherine Greene]
1763 Sept. 5ALS, 1p.B F85.51

With this came a water color of the Franklin residence at Ecton, and a copy of T.B. Welch's engraving of the "thumb portrait" of Franklin owned by the APS.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Jonathan Williams [sr.]
1763 November 28Photostat, 1p.F.B F85.23

domestic affairs.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.F.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Mr. [John] Waring
1763 December 17ALS, 2p.B F85.100

Reports on school for negro children in Philadelphia. Desires to be remembered to the Associates [of Dr. Bray].

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

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Eldridge, Samuel.
Letter to Messrs Baynton, Wharton and Morgan, Philadelphia; Montreal
1764 March 13Photostat of L.S.: Samuel Eldridge and Will[ia]m Long. 3p., end. by B. Franklin.B F85.327

Concerning business affairs in Canada.

Provenance: (from original document in Penna. Hist.and Museum comm. Public records division, Baynton,Wharton and Morgan papers.)

General physical description: Photostat of L.S.: Samuel Eldridge and Will[ia]m Long. 3p., end. by B. Franklin.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Mary Stevenson
1764 March 14ALS, 2p., end.B F85.161
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Jonathan Williams, 1719-1796
1764 April 211 p.

Philadelphia. The mistake mentioned previously was Franklin's, his mistook one figure for another. The order with Robinson has been settled. Asks Williams the sum his government paid for wheat last year. Franklin is grieved that the glasses have not yet come for the armonica.

Provenance: M2015-24. Gift of Mai Duane Harper and James Harper, April 2016

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Cadwalader Evans
1764 May 18Facsimile of ALS, 1p. 6x3-3/4.B F85.407

Thanks for plan of a furnace which should be published. Introduces Benjamin Rush. From Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc. catalogue Sale no. 3813B November 25, 1975, item 359.

General physical description: Facsimile of ALS, 1p. 6x3-3/4.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mary Stevenson, Philadelphia
1764 May 4ALS, 1p.B F85.7-7
Moore, Samuel Preston.
Certification of sale of stock by the Phiadelphia Linen Manufactory to Charles Thomson
1764 Aug. 13D.S. 1p. 12x8.

This company was formed by B.F. et al.

General physical description: D.S. 1p. 12x8.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Peter Collinson]
1764 Sept. 24Typed L. 1p. Extract.B F85.357

Provenance: Presented by Francis D. West, 1953, from original in Royal Society, London.)

General physical description: Typed L. 1p. Extract.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Sally [Franklin]; Reedy Island
1764 November 8LS Cy 3p.B F85.319
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary Stevenson]
[1764 December]ALS, 1p.B F85.7-8
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
[Plan for an American colonial paper currency.]
[ca. 1764.]Photostat, 1p.B F85.12

Photostat of document sold at the Gribbel sale on October 31, 1940; of. Parke-Bernet catalogue no. 223, item 252. Cf. W.R. Riddell, Benjamin Franklin and colonial money in Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, v. 54,1930,pp. 52-64.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Deborah Read Rogers, 1708-1774.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1765 Jan. 8ALS, 1p

Franklin, Jan. 11, 1765 Answd. (BF's hand) Cold weather. Work on the house [in Franklin court]. News of family and friends.

General physical description: ALS, 1p

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary Stevenson]
1765 January 9ALS, 2p.B F85.7-9
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Philadelphia contributionship for the insurance of houses from loss by fire
1765 Mar. 25D.S. 1p.

Received contents, March 29, 1765, by Franklin and Hall.

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Dr.[Cadwalader] Evans
1765 July 13ALS, 1p.B F85.48

"The proceedings of those mad people on the frontier."

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [John] Morgan
1765 July 8ALS, 1p.B F85.58

Establishment of medical school in Philadelphia. Paid Morton's admission fee to the [Royal] Society.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Keziah Folger Coffin
1765 August 29Typed L. 1p.B F85.353

With copy of note by Thomas F. Wood describing the document and giving its history. Sends gift. Micr. of copy, inserted in letter from W.C.Folger to J.Sparks;July 30,1838 (see Sparks papers... ; reel 2, no.114.)

General physical description: Typed L. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to David Hall
1765 Sept. 14Photostat, 2p.B F85.22
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to David Hall
1765 November 9ALS, 1p.B F85.16

Purchased from W. B. Ingham, March 1941.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Deborah Read Rogers, 1708-1774.
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin]
1766 Jan. 12,13ALS, 3p.

Franklin's lands in Chester Co. and Nova Scotia. Appreciation for things received from Franklin. News of family and friends.

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Joseph] Galloway
1766 January 16Photocopy of ALS, (in BF's hand?)B F85.433

Discusses political relationship between Britain and the colonies; Stamp Act. Mentions Mr. Pitt, Messrs. Wharton, Mr. Hughes.

General physical description: Photocopy of ALS, (in BF's hand?)

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Joseph Fox
1766 March 1Enlargement of ALS, 1p.B F85.303

Repeal of the Stamp Act.

Provenance: From original in possession of Mr. Logan Fox, 1956.

General physical description: Enlargement of ALS, 1p.

Free, John, 1711-1791.
Letter to [Benjamin] Franklin, New York
1766 Mar. 4A.L. in 3rd. P. 2p. , end. 7-1/2x6.

Forwards books for Dunscomb. but he may keep them if Dunscomb is dead. [Edwin Wolf 2nd identifies 4 of the 5 items as in B. Franklin's Library.] Presented by Morris Duane; Dec.1964.

General physical description: A.L. in 3rd. P. 2p. , end. 7-1/2x6.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to M[atthew] Boulton
1766 March 19Photostat, 1p.B F85.181

Experiments in connection with steam engine.

Provenance: From original in Assay office, Birmingham, England.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to the Committee of Correspondence
1766 June 10Photostat. 3p.B F85.304
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Francois Ulrich Théodore] Aepinus
1766 June 6Printed L. 1p.B F85.390

From article in: Akademiya Nauk SSSR, Amerikanskiy Ezhegodnik, article by Bolkhovitinov.Original of letter in Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Thanks for his book on electricity. Praises it.

General physical description: Printed L. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [François Ulric Theodore] Aepinus
1766 June 6Photocopy, 1p.B F85.416

Thanks for his work in electricity and magnetism.

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

Hughes, John. -1772.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1767 February 18.Photocopy, 1p.B F85.401

Needs help due to results of "the Stamp Act Affair," and relies entirely upon Franklin.

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Benjamin Gale
1767 February 22Photostat of printed L.B F85.189

Relates to a mistake in the Gentleman's magazine about Gale's success in inoculation. (APS has Gale's letter of November 15, 1766, to which this is a reply. Photostat of Connecticut Courant, June 26, 1769, presented by James Brewster, State Librarian, Connecticut State Library.

General physical description: Photostat of printed L.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to A[nn Vaux] Penn, Dublin
1767 February 28ALS, 3p.B F85.395

Concerns Thomas Penn's proposed purchase of house and 500 acres of the land which belonged to his father. Refers to Pennington (sic), Mrs. Stevenson and her daughter.

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter do "Dear sister" [Jane Mecom]
1767 March 2ALS, 2p. slightly mutilated.B F85.170

His reaction to abuses he meets with "I number them among my Honours." Sends box of millinery bought for her by Mrs. Stevenson

General physical description: ALS, 2p. slightly mutilated.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary Stevenson]
1767 March 26ALS, 1p.B F85.7-10
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mary [Stevenson]
1767 May 16ALS, 1p.B F85.7-11
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mary [Stevenson]
[1767?] May 16ALS, 1p.B F85.7-12

(Same idea as previous letter, but worded differently)

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Samuel Franklin
1767 July 17Photostat, 1p.B F85.64

Contains also copies of letters from Franklin to Sam. Franklin of June 8, 1770, July 12, 1771, July 7, 1773.

Location of originals: From copy in New England Historic Genealogical Society.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Peter Collinson ?]
1767 October 14ALS, 1p.B F85.274

Arrangements for a visit to Mill Hill to see him and Dr. Solander.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Jean Baptiste] LeRoy
1768 March 14ALS, 2p. 12-1/4x8.B F85.338

Thanks for his civilities. Concerning APS astronomical observations to be made in Philadelphia and difficulties involved. Refers to Julien LeRoy and his time piece.

General physical description: ALS, 2p. 12-1/4x8.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Deborah Franklin]; Pensilvania Coffee house
1768 August 9ALS, 1p.B F85.158

Is extremely well. He must have patience about returning.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Letter from Deborah Franklin. Power of attorney to James Wilson.
1768 October 14 B F85.x28
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mary [Stevenson]
1768 October 20ALS, 1p.B F85.7-13
Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824.
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin]
1768 Nov. 6Photostat of A.L. 3p.

Positive and negative. Concerning the American Society, and the election of Franklin as president.

Location of originals: From original in L.C.

General physical description: Photostat of A.L. 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Smith, Wright and Gray; [London]
1769 February 13ALS, 1p.B F85.40

Asks that a letter of credit be procured for Benjamin Rush; instructions regarding his [Franklin's] finances.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Messrs. [Samual ?] Wharton and [William] Trent, dated
1769 July 3ALS, 1p. 0. End: "Dr. Franklins card, July 3, 1769."B F83.6

on advice of Mr. Mildred and his solicitor, Mr. Lane, concluded to withdraw the petition presented to the king in council on behalf of Messrs. Warder, Mitchel, etc. Purchased from F.G. Sweet, Sept.15, 1939, $67.50.

General physical description: ALS, 1p. 0. End: "Dr. Franklins card, July 3, 1769."

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Humphrey Marshall
1769 July 9Photo. of ALS, 1p.(photo. contains also engraving)B F85.148

Presented by Mrs. William K. du Pont through P.S. du pont, November 1949.

General physical description: Photo. of ALS, 1p.(photo. contains also engraving)

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Thomas Gilpin, 1728-1778
1769 July 10A.L.S., 1p. 12" x 7 1/4"B F85.246

Mr. Gilpin's invention for pumping water; plans to exhibit it at the Society of Arts. Written from London. 1954-645ms.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Jonathan Williams [sr.], Boston
1769 October 4ALS, 1p.B F85.250

His add to Mrs. Williams' kin, the widow Johnson and her family. Public affairs.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Adolf Berzel[ius]; Saturday evening
[ca.1769 November].Photocopy of AL in 3rd p. 1p.B F85.430

Franklin presents respects; will see Mr. Berzel. and friend tomorrow.

Provenance: Original in Kungliga Universities biblictetek, Uppsala.

General physical description: Photocopy of AL in 3rd p. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Jane Mecom]
1770 December 30LS Cy, 4p.B F85.314

"True copy from the original by Rebecca Burroughs, November 21, 1833"

General physical description: LS Cy, 4p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Humphry Marshall]
1770 March 18T.C. of L. 2p.B F85.127

Presented by Ed. Bury Jan.1947.

General physical description: T.C. of L. 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Capt. [Timothy] Folger
1770 April 14ALS, 1p.and end. Enc. wanting.B F85.326

Encloses map of the island of St. John's and business of the island.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.and end. Enc. wanting.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Deborah] Franklin
1770 April 20Photostat, 1p.B F85.235

Introduces Miss Farquarson and Miss Smith who go to Philadelphia to ply their trades of milliner and mantuamaker.

Provenance: From original in possession of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, N.Y.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Agreement to Form the Ohio Company
1770 May 7Photo.of A.D.S. 1p.B F85.415

Provenance: (from catalogue of Robert F. Batchelder, Ambler, Pa.)

General physical description: Photo.of A.D.S. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to David Hall, Philadelphia
1770 June 11ALS, 1p.B F85.370

Wishes to be in Philadelphia before final settlement of partnership is done.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to S[amuel] Franklin
1770 June 8Photostat of copy of L. Portion of p.B F85.64

From copy in New England Historic Genealogical Society. On same sheet with letter of July 17, 1767.

General physical description: Photostat of copy of L. Portion of p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mary [Hewson Stevenson]
1770 July 18ALS, 1p.B F85.7-14

Mary Stevenson had married William Hewson

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Lord Le Despencer
1770 July 26ALS, 3p.B F85.207

Entreats him to urge the plan of reconciliation between the two countries. Enclosed letter from Col. Bouquet shows Franklin's influence in America for his Majesty's service. Plea for continuance in his present office. Presented by Lessing J. Rosenweld, May 1953.

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to N.W. Jones
1770 July 6ALS, 1p.B F85.175

Sends mace and gowns ordered [for Georgia Assembly ?]. APS has Jones's reply of Oct.9, 1770 acknowledging above.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to N. W. Jones
1770 October 10ALS, 1p.B F85.203

Amount of bill for gowns and mace. Duty of American agents.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Dear Sister [Jane Mecom]
1770 November 7,9ALS, 2p.B F85.125

Hopes to return early in summer. Death of Mr. Whitefield. Arrival of Kinsmen [Jonathan, jr., and Josiah Williams]. Advises her not to be concerned about any abuses he receives in the English press.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Deborah Franklin
ca. 1770ALS, 1p.B F85.173

Acknowledges her letter of October 14 [1770 - in APS].

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Deborah Read Rogers, 1708-1774.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1771 Mar. 30ALS, 1p.

News of family and friends, especially of Benny Bache.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Humphry Marshall
1771 April 22L. Facsimile.B F85.44

Facsimile made by Thomas Fisher, Philad., (n.d.). For other facsimiles of another edition. see: F.P.,v.69,no.1: and B: F85Le. copy 2. 14x8-1/2.

General physical description: L. Facsimile.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Humphrey Marshall]
1771 April 22TL Cy, 2p.B F85.128
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to M. Le Roy
1771 May 17ALS, 2p.B F85.202

Introduces Mr. Smith, a young American. Sir John Pringle and he frequently recollect their visits with M. Le Roy in Paris.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Miller, Johann Peter, 1710-1796.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin; Ephrata
1771 June 12ALS, 3p. Bound volume.B F85.x53

This is followed by an introduction(pp.1-4); an elaboration of Conrad Beissel's Dissertations on Mans Fall (printed in Ephrata 1765) (pp.4-117);Supplement to the antecedent (pp.119-127); translation of Beissel's Ninety nine mystical sentences (pub. by B. Franklin, 1730) (pp.127-136); Appendix to the foregoing sentences, containing a collection of apopthegms taken from the Father's writings (pp.137-147). Inscription - inside front cover: These letters and manuscript belong to Doctor Benjamin Franklin of Pensylvania who gave them to me - probably in the hand of Jonathan Shipley, the Bishop of St. Asaph.

General physical description: ALS, 3p. Bound volume.

Other Descriptive Information: See Franklin's letter to Deborah Franklin, Jan 28, 1772 (APS collection, and Smyth 5, 372)

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Samuel Franklin
1771 July 12Photostat of copy of L. Portion of 2p.B F85.64

From copy in New England Historic Genealogical Society. On same sheet with letter of July 17, 1767.

General physical description: Photostat of copy of L. Portion of 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Charles Willson] Peale
1771 July 4ALS, 2p.B F85.47

Compliments him on the success of his business in his native country. "The arts have always travelled Westward, and there is no doubt of their flourishing hereafter on our side the Atlantic..." Reproduced: APS Library Bulletin for 1946, p.15.  Printed: C. Sellers' "The Peale portraits of Benjamin Franklin in APS Library Bulletin for 1950-p.252.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Cushing, Thomas, 1725-1788.
Letter to Benjamin Franklyn (sic)
1771 July 20ALS, 1p.

At the desire of the House of Representatives sends copy of commissioners' taxes in various towns.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to William Strahan; Edinburg
1771 November 17ALS, 1p.B F85.101
Kames, Agatha Drummond, 1711-1795.
Letter to [Benjamin] Frankland;Edinburgh
1771 November 19Photocopy of A.L. 3p.B F85.420

To send portrait of Penn to Franklin. Mentions Marchant.

Provenance: [From original in the His. soc. of PA.]

General physical description: Photocopy of A.L. 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Mary] Hewson; Preston
1771 November 25ALS, 2p. Contains a P.S. to Dorothea Blunt.B F85.142
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Smith, Wright and Gray
1771 December 10ALS, 1p.B F85.280

Order to pay Josiah Williams 10 guineas.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Order to Messrs. Smith, Wright and Gray, to pay Mr. Zumpe 18 guineas
1771 December 16A.N.S. 1p.B F85.321

[Mr. Zumpe is probably Johann Zumpe, a celebrated maker of small pianos in London during this period]

General physical description: A.N.S. 1p.

Library Company of Philadelphia.
Forms of notes, used in the publick Library at Philadelphia
177[1]1p.B F85.226

Ms. D. in handwriting of Benjamin Franklin.

Provenance: Found originally in Library Co. Charter, laws...Phila., 1770: 027:L62ch

General physical description: 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Jonathan Williams, jr., Boston
1772 January 13ALS, 1p.B F85.258

Settlement of accounts with Mr. Warren.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Jona[than] Williams [sr.]
1772 January 13ALS, 2p.B F85.20

has just returned from a journey through Ireland and Scotland; personal financial matters. Purchased at Morley sale, May 29, 1942; cannot find in print.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Revd. [Richard] Price
1772 February 11ALS, 1p.B F85.115

A.P.S. has draft: F.P.45,54.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

U.S. Commissioners to France.
Resolutions..
1772 February 2, 5Photostat, 2p.B F85.193

Concerning the attitude of the U.S. towards France or Spain, In case either of these nations should conclude a Treaty of Amity and Commerce with the U.S., and in consequence enter into a war with Great Britain. Also a resolve to defend the support the public cause at all hazards...risk their liberty or life (Hays Cal., v. 4,475). With this is what appears to be a preliminary draft of the Feb. 2nd document - Photostat, 1p.

Location of originals: From original in University of Pennsylvania.

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Dr. Thomas Bond
1772 February 5ALS, 3p.B F85.103
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [John] Morgan
1772 February 5Enlargement print of ALS, 1p. , end.B F85.123

Is"pleased to see their college begin to make some figure as a school of physic."

Provenance: From original in possession of the University of Pennsylvania.

General physical description: Enlargement print of ALS, 1p. , end.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Humphrey Marshall
1772 March 20T.C. of L. 1p.B F85.129

Presented by Ed. Bury, Jan. 1947.

General physical description: T.C. of L. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to My dear Child [Deborah Franklin]
1772 June 2ANS, 1p.B F85.176

Is well; promises to write fully by Osborn.

General physical description: ANS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mary [Hewson], Birmingham
1772 July 8ALS, 1p.B F85.7-15
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Erasmus Darwin
1772 August 1Photocopy, 4p. end. 12-3/4x8.B F85.418

Discusses his alphabet. Difficulty of pronunciation. Talks of his bad health. Mr. Walsh's experiments on the torpedo fish. Letters being sent.

General physical description: Photocopy, 4p. end. 12-3/4x8.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
[Document in re stroke of torpedo (fish) being electrical] London
1772 August 12A.D.S. 2p.B F85.178

End: Franklin's instructions to try if the stroke of the Torpedo be electrical.

General physical description: A.D.S. 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letterbook
1772 August 22Drafts of 11 ALS,'s [3 leaves]B F85.56

Contains letters addressed to: Messrs.Towers and Leacock, the Library Co., Mr. Tyler, Sam. Rhoads, Dr. Evans,John Bartram,Dr. Smith, Messrs. Reynell, Rhoads and Pemberton, Anth Benezet,Dr. Rush, and Rev. Mr. Coombe.

General physical description: Drafts of 11 ALS,'s [3 leaves]

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Dr.[William] Smith
1772 August 22ALS, 1p.B F85.68

For draft of same letter see in his Letter book for same date.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [William] Hunter
1772 October 30Photostat, 2p.B F85.215

Relative to disagreement between Dr. Hunter and Mr. Hewson.

Provenance: (from original in the Royal College of Surgeons of England: presented by William R. LeFanu, librarian, November 1952)

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to "My dear Child" [Deborah Franklin]
1772 October 7ALS, 1p.B F85.333

Franked: B Free Franklin. Is well except for several recent touches of the gout. Sends remembrances from English friends to her and Sally. Sends love to"Benny boy."

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to the Royal Academy of Sciences, Paris
1772 November 16Photocopy, 1p.B F85.398

Acknowledges election to membership.

Provenance: (From the Hotel Drouot Salle No. 8, le mercredi 20 fevrier 1974 a 14 heures 30 precises.)

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to unidentified recipient
1772 November 26ALS, 1p.B F85.325

Recommends Sir John Pringle for the presidency of the Royal Society.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Musical expression; [passions and sentiments] capable of expression by musick;
ca. 1772A.D. 1p.B F85.276

Along side the terms in Franklin's hand are corresponding words in French and notation in handwriting of the Abbé Morellet. Reproduced in LB 1955,378.

General physical description: A.D. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Edward] Bancroft, [London]; Craven St
1773 May 21Photocopy, 1p.add.end.B F85.427

Congratulations on Bancroft's election to Royal Soc.

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.add.end.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to S[amuel] F[ranklin]
1773 July 7Photostat of copy of L. Portion of p.B F85.64

From copy in New England Historic Genealogical Society. On same sheet with letter of July 17,1767.

General physical description: Photostat of copy of L. Portion of p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to "My dear child" [Deborah Franklin]
1773 July 7LS Cy, 1p.B F85.233

Presented by Mr. Dayton Kohler, March 1954.

General physical description: LS Cy, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Samuel Franklin
1773 July 7Photocopy, 1p.B F85.408

Friendly letter, holding promise of wellbeing, due to the "constant Growth of the Country."

Provenance: From original in possession of Mrs. J. H. Bradshaw, Lahaska, Penna.; Jan. 1976.

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Lord Le Despencer
1773 November 24Photocopy, 1p.B F85.414

Concerning an estate in Canada and cites Maseres' opinion of it.

Location of originals: From copy in possession of Sir Francis Dashwood, bart. West Wycombe Park, Bucks.

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Deborah Franklin]
1774 February 20Typed extract of L. 1p.B F85.374

Note that he has written more fully by other ships.

General physical description: Typed extract of L. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Sir Francis Dashwood, baron Le Despencer]
1774 April 14Photocopy, 1p.B F85.412

Concerning carving below sculptured work.

Location of originals: From original in possession of Sir Francis Dashwood, bt., West Wycombe Park, High Wycombe, Bucks.

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Deborah Franklin]
1774 May 7Fragment of A.L. 1p.B F85.278

In Jared Sparks' hand. See letter in Franklin Papers, May 5, 1774 - Vol.46(2) 90.

General physical description: Fragment of A.L. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [David] Williams, Chelsea
1774 May 9ALS, 1p.B F85.336

"Presented to Mr. Franklin W. Smith... [signed] Joseph Evans, 1878. Neither Mrs. Stevenson, Mrs. Hewson, nor he can visit as invited. Sends their regrets.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Samuel Rhoads, Philadelphia
1774 June 30ALS, 1p.B F85.366

Forwards pamphlets for distribution among the committee.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Benjamin] Rush
1774 July 25ALS, 2p.B F85.104
Howe, Richard Howe, Earl, 1726-1799.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1775 Feb. 20ALS, 2p.

Lord Hyde is of the opinion that Franklin's principles and Parliament's concerning the American contest are so far apart that a meeting to discuss them would only give Dr. Franklin unnecessary trouble. For Dr. Franklin's reply, see his letter of same date.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Israel Pemberton
1775 Nov. 30A.L. 3d person, 1p.B F85.256

Accompanied by note by E.D. Gillespie Concerning ground rent.

General physical description: A.L. 3d person, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Lord Howe
1775 February 20ADr, 1p.B F85.241

Having nothing further to offer on the American business will not visit Lord Hyde.

General physical description: ADr, 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: (see Lord Howe to BF of same date, to which this apparently is a reply)

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Humphry Marshall
1775 March 13TL Cy 1p.B F85.130

Presented by Ed. Bury, Jan. 1947.

General physical description: TL Cy 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Joseph Galloway
1775 May 8Photostat, 1p.B F85.279

Concerned at Galloway's resolution to quit public life. Proposed visit. Mentions William Franklin. Presented by Mrs. Arthur Loeb, Jan.1995.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

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Mecom, Jane, 1712-1794.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1775 May 14Photostat, 3p.

Franklin's safe arrival in America. Evacuation of Boston. Is with Mr. and Mrs. Greene. News of family and friends. Contains also a letter from Caty Greene to [Dr. Franklin]; [apparently same date]

Provenance: From original in Yale university.

General physical description: Photostat, 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [William] Strahan
1775 July 5Facsimile of ALS, 1p.B F85.53

Facsimiles of this letter are found also in: B. Franklin. Memoirs of the life and writings...ed. by W.T. Franklin. v.2, London,1818 - facing p.1. ---- Memoirs of the life and writings... v.1, Philadelphia, Duane, 1818 - between pp.356 and 357. ---- Correspondence inedite et secrète... v.2, Paris, 1817. Frontispiece. Reproduced: APS Library Bulletin for 1845 - fig.17 Facsimile also in: Gloason's pictorial drawing-room companion, see Collection of Broadsides no.134; Also printed in: Pamphlets on Franklinina no 62; Austen-Leigh, R.A. The story of a printing house, p.21;

General physical description: Facsimile of ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [William] Strahan
1775 July 5Photostat, 1p.B F85.55

Provenance: From original in Library of Congress;contains also photostat of facsimile of letter in same collection.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Massachusetts. General Court.
Letter to Nicholas Cook[e], Watertown
1775 August 14LS, 2p.B F85.11a

Pertaining to the interception of mail by a man of war at Conanicut ferry and requesting a change in the route.

Provenance: Purchased at the sale of John Gribbel's library, October 31, 1940; of. Parke-Bernet catalogue, no.223, item 253.

General physical description: LS, 2p.

Cooke, Nicholas, 1717-1782.
Letter to B. Franklin
1775 August 15ALS, 1p.B F85.11b

informs him of the interception of the post rider by a ship of war at the ferry to Newport; recommends a different route.

Provenance: Purchased at the sale of John Gribbel's library, October 31, 1940; of. Parke-Bernet catalogue, no.223, item 253.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Recommendation to the Associators to make use of pikes
1775 August 26Photostat, 1p.B F85.219

In connection with this document see article by William A. Hunter, "Two 'new' Franklin manuscripts,". Photostat presented by Mr. Hunter, 1953.

Provenance: From original in the Pa. State Archives, Papers of the Provincial Council, Harrisburg.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Nicholas] Cooke
1775 August 27ALS, 1p.B F85.11c

acknowledges letter of August 15 re the loss of the mail and suggests that he "take the advice... of the principal people in your government."

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Jos. Greenleaf; Cambridge
1775 October 26ALS, 1p.B F85.262

Postal affairs. Presented by Mr. Samuel H. McVitty, March 1955. Facsimile.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Pennsylvania. Committee of Safety.
Commission to George Taylor, to serve as Colonel, 1st battalion of Pennsylvania Associators, Northampton Co.
[1775]Pr.DSB F85.209

For account of printing of this form cf. Col. Rec.. 10,295.

General physical description: Pr.DS

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Charles Lee
1776 February 11Photostat, 2p.B F85.213

TL Cy

Provenance: From original in possession of Justin G. Turner presented by Mr. Turner, Sept. 1953.

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Jonathan Williams
1776 March 29ALS, 1p.B F85.35

Personal letter. Paper contains interesting watermark.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [William] St[raha]n
1776 March 29Copy of L. 2p.B F85.71

On his way to Canada. Breach between England and America grows wider. Barbarities on the part of the British.

General physical description: Copy of L. 2p.

Pennsylvania. Committee of Safety.
Commission to Joseph Willson to serve as 1st Lieutenant of the armed boat, Congress: Philadelphia
1776 March 6PrDS, 1p.B F85.210

Certification of induction on May 21, 1776 on reverse.

General physical description: PrDS, 1p.

U.S. Congress.
Instructions to privateers and vessels of war
1776 April 3D. 3p.B F85.403

Contains note by W.T.Franklin. In hand of Franklin's French secretary(?)

General physical description: D. 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [John Philip] Schuyler; Montreal
1776 May 1Photocopy, 1p., enc. wantingB F85.396

Express appreciation for Schuyler's "Kind Attention" in aiding their journey. Mention John Carrol (sic). Presented by Robert B. Gillespie; January 1973.

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p., enc. wanting

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to William Bingham
1776 June 3LS, 2p.B F85.10

orders of the Secret committee to procure arms for America. Purchased at the sale of John Gribbel's library, November 1, 1940; of Parke-Bernet catalogue, no.223, item 651.

General physical description: LS, 2p.

United States. Continental Congress. Committee of Secret Correspondence.
Letter to Messrs. Richd. Harrison and Adrien Le Maitre
1776 June 3DS, 1p.B F85.287

In hand of Robert Morris (?). On reverse is letter of same date to Le Maitre and Harrison, signed by B.Franklin, Benj. Harrison, Robt. Morris, John Dickinson, 1p. Instructions regarding cargo of Sloop Fanny. In connection with this document see another letter of same date from the Committee to William Bingham - B:F85 October

General physical description: DS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to col. Bull
1776 August 26ALS, lp.BF85.309

The convention has granted his leave.

General physical description: ALS, lp.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Col. [John] Bull, Perth Amboy
[1776] August 27.Photo., 1p.BF85.309a

"B. Free Franklin" manuscript frank as continental Postmaster General. Presented by Richard C. Frajola,9/30/83. (See letter to W. Spawn, APS Archives.) For sale catalog (Frajola sale, 10 Sept. 1983) see card cat. for printed works.

General physical description: Photo., 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to W[illiam Temple] Franklin; Brunswick
1776 Sept. 10Photocopy D. 1p.B F85.426

Concerns a letter and meeting with Lord Howe. Adams and Rutledge are with Franklin.

General physical description: Photocopy D. 1p.

Pennsylvania. Constitutional convention, 1776.
Commission to William Lowder to server as ensign of a Company of Foot in Col. Richard MCalister's batallion from York county, in the Flying Camp for the Middle States of America;
1776 Sept. 141p.B F85.171
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to unidentified recipient-
1776 October 1LS.B F85.106

Authorization to make application for all arms, ammunition, clothing, etc., that may arrive in Martinique for the U.S. Mentions M. Hortalez [Beaumarchais]

General physical description: LS.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Receipt for payment of mortgage from Mary Pitts (or Pills)
1776 October 14D.S. 1p.B F85.302

Appears to have been cut from the records of William Parr, Recorder of Deeds

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to William Bingham
1776 October 21LS, 1p.B F85.138

Instructions relative to material which is to be shipped by M. Hortalez.

General physical description: LS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
[Extracts of correspondence relating to loans to the U.S., by the U.S. Commissioners - Franklin, Deane, and Lee]
1777 January 14 - December 18Photostat of D. 4p.B F85.83

Provenance: From original in the Library of Congress.

General physical description: Photostat of D. 4p.

Williams, J.
Letter to the Commissioners of the United States
1777 June 30D.S. 4p.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to unidentified recipient
1777 July 9ALS, 2p.B F85.151

Notice from the Minister of Marine to give orders to armed vessels to depart the ports in 24 hours. Encloses instructions for Capt. Wilkes.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Mecom, Jane, 1712-1794.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1777 Aug. 18Photostat, 2p.

Writes this for her son-in-law [Peter collas] recently exchanged for another prisoner of war. Death or Mrs. [William] Franklin.

Provenance: Original in Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Photocopy is missing. 2020 March 5.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Richard Peters
1777 Sept. 12Transcript of L. 1p.B F85.221

Transcript made by D.H. Wallace, March 1952.

Provenance: From original in Vail mss., Geneva, Switzerland, Miscellaneous.

General physical description: Transcript of L. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Benjamin] Vaughan
1777 Sept. 18Photostat of A.L. 1p.B F85.24a

Not printed in Smyth. Makes an appointment to meet Mr.Vaughan at "Les Bains de Poitevin" at six that evening.

General physical description: Photostat of A.L. 1p.

United States. Continental Congress.
Letter of marque to Stephen Marchant
1777 October 8Photostat, 2p.LH-SB-OS

with certification of authenticity by Stephen Marchant. Copy.

Provenance: (From original in public records office, London.)

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Presented by William Bell Clark.

Other Descriptive Information: Original call number: BF85.358

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Capt. John Folger; Passy near Paris
1777 October 19ALS, 1p.B F85.149

Approval of his proposition to return in case of accident on coast.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Due de La Rochefoucauld d'Enville ?]
1777 November 17Photostat, 1p.B F85.67

Returns the Carolina constitution. News of the Amphitrite.

Provenance: From original in the Bibliothèque Municaple, Besancon, France, Collection J. Droz, T. 1.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to captains of all ships of war and privateers on the rights of neutrals; Paris
1777 November 21DS, 3p.B F85.404
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Jonathan] Williams [jr.]
1777 November 30Photostat, 2p.B F85.13

Pertains to Mr. Williams's accounts with M. Chaumont.

Provenance: Presented by Mr. Frederic R. Kirkland, April 1940. Cf. Parke-Bernet catalogue for sale on March 27-28, 1940, item no. 270 - sold for $160.

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Charles Gravier,] Count de Vergennes from Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane, Arthur Lee
1777 December 4Photostat, 4p.B F85.92

Provenance: From Facsimile L.C.

General physical description: Photostat, 4p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to John Ross, Nantes; Paris
1777 December 18LS, 2p.B F85.217

Orders for a convoy. Requests money as soon as possible, due to their dire need.

General physical description: LS, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to his Excellency [Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes]
ca. 1777-1778ADr, 2p.B F85.72

Assures him that they have no account of any treaty on foot between America and England. Requests loan of two millions sterling. Probably draft of letter sent to Vergennes by the U.S. Commissioners.

General physical description: ADr, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Plat-pays de Paris, France. Permit for Benjamin Franklin to take wine through customs
1778 March 10ALS, 1p.B F85.359

French.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to A[rthur] Lee
1778 March 13ALS, 1p.B F85.249

Rumor that Adams is to replace Deane. Presented by Arthur Bloch, Dec.1936.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Don Juan Emery, Bilbao
1778 March 23L. 2p.B F85.382

Prizes have been confiscated by France and returned to England. France and the U. S. now have a treaty, and France will aid the U. S.

General physical description: L. 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Jonathan Williams;
1778? April 18ALS, 3p.B F85.33

(Latter is badly stained)

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to M. Genet
1778 April 28ALS, 1p. Seal.