Benjamin Franklin Papers Part 11 -- Letters from and Works by Franklin

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Date: 1733-1789 | Size: 1 section, 769 items

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Letters from and Works by Benjamin Franklin
1733-1789769 item(s)
LXVI, 2. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs.] Deborah Franklin
1733 August 30D.S. 1p.LXVI, 2

Philadelphia. Power of attorney to Deborah Franklin.

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

LXXVII, 28 (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs.] Deborah Franklin
1733 August 30D.S. 1p.LXXVII, 28 (OS)

Philadelphia. Power of attorney to Deborah Franklin. Facsimile. For original, see: LXVI, 2.

XLV, 1. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Isaac] Corin
1738 December 22A.L.S. 1p.XLV, 1

Order for a pair of leather breeches to be charged to his account.

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

LII, 19 (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to James Parker
1741 February 20D.S. 3p.LII, 19 (OS)

Articles of agreement for carrying on the business of printing in the City of New York.

General physical description: D.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in the Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 2d Ser., XVI, 186.

L(ii), 35. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Arra Shoy
[1741 February 26]A. Dr. of Diss. 2p.L(ii), 35

A poem on Mareashine. The relative advantages of New York and Pennsylvania for settlers.

General physical description: A. Dr. of Diss. 2p.

LI, 50. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
I Sing my Plain Country Joan
[1742]2p.LI, 50

Song. Toast to his wife, Deborah. Written in another's hand, but attributed to Franklin.

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L(ii), 22. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Notes on Assembly Debates
[1745 February 26-28]A. Dr. of L. 4p.L(ii), 22

When he compares the Governor's Message to the House [in relation to the expedition against Cape Breton, February 26-28, 1745] with his private conversation cannot but admire at his insincerity, nor can be justify the Assembly from disingenuity in their answer. In short Governor [George Thomas] and the Assembly have been acting a farce and playing tricks to amuse the world. Abstract of the debate in the Assembly on the Governor's Message. (Incomplete.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: See also L(ii), 30, 30a. [Notes on Assembly debates]

XLVI(i), 32. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Old Mistresses Apologue (Translation)
1745 June 25A.L. 1p.XLVI(i), 32

Knows of no remedy for the natural inclinations referred to and would not tell him evenif he did, as he considers the proper remedy in marriage. (In French. Fragment.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

L(i), 40. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Drinking Song
[1745]Autographed draft, 1 p.L(i), 40

General physical description: Autographed draft, 1 p.

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L(ii), 34. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Trade of Province of 40,000 Inhabitants
[1745]Autographed draft of dissertation, 6p.L(ii), 34

General physical description: Autographed draft of dissertation, 6p.

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LXXVIII, 1. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to ------ ------
[1746 February]A.L. 2p.LXXVIII, 1

Fragment. Our governor thinks they contain the commissions for the officers, and orders to draw for the pay of the troops.

L(ii), 56a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Inoculation of Sally [Franklin]
[1746]A. Mem. 1p.L(ii), 56a

Sally [Franklin] was inoculated April 18, 1746.

General physical description: A. Mem. 1p.

XLV, 4. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Cadwallader Colden
1747 August 6A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 4

Franklin's opinion of the inertia of matter. Is glad to hear that Mr. Colden will proceed with the electrical experiments, and is satisfied that there are workmen in America who can make the apparatus; if Mr. Colden is satisfied to have it made here, he will oversee the work Mr. [James] Logan is satisfied that some of the faults he formerly objected to in Colden's article on fluxions, are his own.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VI, 93; Bigelow, II, 103; Smyth, II, 322).

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XLV, 3. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [John Franklin]
1747 August 6A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 3

Glad to hear of Mr. [George] Whitefield's safe arrival. Received a letter from Mr. [Joseph] Dowse requesting an explanatiion of Dr. Franklin's dissatisfaction with Mrs. Steel(e); his reply and advice to his brother and sister regarding the affair.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, II, 316).

LVIII, 47 (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Address to the Associators
[1747 December 7]A.L. 1p.LVIII, 47 (OS)

Concerning the Articles of Association for the defense of the Province [of Pennsylvania]. (Final part missing.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

LVI(i), 70 (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Proposal to the Associators
[1748 March 21]Mem. 2p.LVI(i), 70 (OS)

Proposal that the Managers of the Lottery be applied to arrange for defense of the Colony of Pennsylvania against the French and Indians on the Coast and Frontier. Outline of plans for the defense.

General physical description: Mem. 2p.

LXXVIII, 15. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Proposal for Preparing the Academy Building
[1749 December]A.Dr. 1p.LXXVIII, 15

Fragment. Suggestion of a partition of the New Building of the Academy [the future University of Pennsylvania].

L(ii), 14. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Benjamin Franklin's Will
1750 June 22A.D.S. and witnessed. 4p.L(ii), 14

Philadelphia. Mutilated.

General physical description: A.D.S. and witnessed. 4p.

L(i), 52. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
A Magic Circle
[1750]A. Dr. of L. 3p.L(i), 52

Description of a magic circle. (Incomplete.)

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

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L(i), 20. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Plan for a Mortgage Association
[1750]A. Dr. of Mem. 2p.L(i), 20

General physical description: A. Dr. of Mem. 2p.

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L(i), 1. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Physical and Meteorological Observations, Conjectures and Suppositions
[1751]Diss. Ms. 4p.L(i), 1

Read at the Royal Society, June 3, 1756. "By B.F., Esq. LL.D., F.R.S." is the hand of a Royal Society clerk, which means this is the actual manuscript sent for printing in Phil Trans Lv. 182. Authority: W.J. Bell, Jr. 2 June 1960.

General physical description: Diss. Ms. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VI, 127; Smyth, III, 175).

XLV, 5. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Cadwallader Colden
1752 April 23A. Dr. of L.S. 4p.XLV, 5

Regarding the improper distinction of Els.per se and non-Els., and the use of the terms conductors and non-conductors. Experiments and observations in electricity. Glad Mr. Colden's article on the Principles of Action in Matter, with the explanations will soon appear. Thanks him for communicating his Illustration of the Theorem of Light. Dr. Franklin's Theory of Light. Glad to hear of the sucess of poke weed as a cure for cancer.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, V, 283; Bigelow, II, 251; Smyth, III, 82).

L(i), 52a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Peter Collinson
[1752]Dr. L. 1p.L(i), 52a

Conclusion of a letter referencing Franklin's magic squares and circles. One-page fragment only. See also: L(i), 52.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Franklin, Experiments and Observations on Electricity, 1769, pg. 350 also Smyth, v.2, pg. 456.

XLV, 6. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to John Perkins
1753 February 4A. Dr. of L.S. 15p.XLV, 6

Philadelphia. An apology for not answering sooner. Idea and illustration of a waterspout; its relation to a whirlwind.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 15p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VI, 145: Bigelow, II, 267; Smyth, III, 107).

L(i), 38. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Jared Eliot
1753 May 3A. Dr. of L.S. 3p.L(i), 38

Philadelphia. Observations relative to water, air, trade-winds, etc. Read before the Royal Society, November 4, 1756.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VI, 174; Smyth, III, 129).

XLV, 7. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Joseph Huey
1753 June 6A. Dr. of L. 3p.XLV, 7

Philadelphia. Glad to hear of his improved health. Franklin's notion of Good Works—works of kindness, charity, mercy, and public spirit [concluding lines torn out].

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Bigelow, II, 459; Smyth, III, 143.)

XLV, 8. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to W[illia]m Franklin
1753 July 23A.Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 8

Glad to hear that he has taken a circumstantial account of the appearance at Trumble's house; which is sufficient to establish his new hypothesis of the direction of lightning. Received a pane of glass and a letter from Mr. [Ebenezer] Kinnersley mentioning his suspicions that the stoke was upwards. Wrote Mr. K. a short account of the experiment he made before he left home, and refers him to William Franklin for the explanation according to the new hypothesis. Expects to set out for home next Monday.  P. S. Encloses a letter from William Franklin's uncle with a power of attorney, and desires him to attack for Franklin and Williams, Grant's right to Pitt's Walnut Street land by virtue of his mortgage.

General physical description: A.Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed, in part, in Works (Smyth, III, 147).

L(i), 38.5. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Cadwallader Colden
1753 November 19A.Dr. of L. 2p.L(i), 38.5

An answer to observations by Mr. Colden upon the letter from Dr. Franklin of May, 3, 1753, to Jared Eliot. (Read at the Royal Society, Nov. 4, 1756.)

General physical description: A.Dr. of L. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VI, 180; Smyth, III, 186).

L(ii), 49. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Conferences with Indians at Carlisle in September, 1753
[1753]A. Mem. 2p.L(ii), 49
LVIII, 116. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Draught of the plan of Union Proposed at Albany
1754 July 9Mem. 2p.LVIII, 116

Influence of the French among the Indians; their design to surround the British Colonies. Rules for governing the Grand Council and powers to be entrusted to that body. (Many pages missing.)

General physical description: Mem. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in O'Calloghan, Doc. Hist. of New York, II, 608-609 and 613-614.

LXXVIII, 4. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Diary excerpt
1754 September 9-12A.D. 2p.LXXVIII, 4

Small excerpt of a diary, mentioning travel from White Plains, where he met a company of militia; to New Haven, where he stayed across from the college, [Yale University]; to Wallingsford, where he experienced a misfortune of a broken carriage window.

XLVI(ii), 96. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Frankliln]
[1754]A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 96

Presents his duty to her mother and love to the children and to all his friends.

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

LXXVIII, 19 (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Plan for Settling Two Western Colonies
[1754]A.D. 4p.LXXVIII, 19 (OS)

Fragments of a paper "on the Means of Settling a new Colony westward of Pensilvania, (drawn up to divert the Connecticut Emigrants from their Design of Invading this Province, and to induce them to go where they would be less injurious and more useful)." [quote from Franklin to Peter Collinson, 26 June 1755, Pierpont Memorial Library]

LXXVIII, 2. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to John Fothergill
1755 April 6A.L. 1p.LXXVIII, 2

Philadelphia. Fragment. Has just returned from a long journey and has found Fothergill's favour of November.

XLVI(ii), 1. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1755 April 13A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 1

Annapolis. Arrived last night. Shall not return by the same road with the company, but will go round by Winchester, and so to Carlisle in order to settle the posts which the Assembly agreed to support for a year between the Camp and Philadelphia.

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

L(i), 57. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Hiring of wagons for transportation
1755 AprilA. Mem. 5p.L(i), 57

Lancaster. Benjamin Franklin's accounts in the matter of the hiring of wagons for the transportation of supplies for General Braddock's army.

General physical description: A. Mem. 5p.

LXXVIII, 6. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Elizabeth Hubbart Partridge]
[1755 October 16]A.L.S. 1p.LXXVIII, 6

Fragment. Interpretation of a seal which is comprised of an altar, two hearts, and a cupid.

XLV, 9b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [William] Hunter
1755 October 16A. Dr. of L. S. 1p.XLV, 9b

Philadelphia. Could not avoid meeting the Assembly who are now sitting; will await his arrival to settle their money accounts and make measures relating to the wagon affair. General [William] Shirley sent his Warrant to Mr. [Sir William] Johnson to pay Franklin such sums as are necessary to settle the wagon accounts.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Written on same leaf as XLV, 9a and 9c. Printed in Works (Smyth, III, 290).

XLV, 9a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [William] Johnson
1755 October 16A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 9a

Philadelphia. Settled Colonel [William] Hunter's account. Encloses a copy of General [William] Shirley's warrant to [Sir William] Johnson for such payments as the wagon affair may require. Hopes that when Johnson and Shirley meet some method will be found of transferring the cash for the payment of those poor people, without risk or trouble.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Written on same leaf as XLV, 9b and 9c. Printed in Works (Smyth, III, 289).

XLV, 11c. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Captain [William] Shirley
1755 October 23A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 11c

Philadelphia. Received his favor of the 1st with discharges of Ewins and Rieger; will take care to observe the directions relating to them.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 9c. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to General [William] Shirley
1755 October 23A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 9c

Philadelphia. Thanks him for the orders for the payment of the wagon owners. Cannot see the papers to which he is referred because of the absence of the Governor. Sorry he cannot see him at New York. Continued on XLV, 11a.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Written on same leaf as XLV, 9a and 9b. Also denoted as XLV, 11b. Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 55; Bigelow, II, 418; Smyth, III, 290).

XLV, 11a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Peter] Collinson
1755 October 25A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 11a

Philadelphia. Hopes he received the bill for £75 when he wrote for one of Mr. [John] Smeaton's new air pumps for the Academy; sends a bill for £30 with a list of some philosophical implements, which he begs him to send, insured. News just arrived that eight families near Shamokin were cut off last week by Indians. The people on the frontier will be furnished with arms and ammunition. Hopes to be home when the next Assembly meets.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

XLV, 10. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Richard] Partridge
1755 October 25A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 10

Philadelphia. The new Assembly chose Mr. Partridge and Mr. [Robert] Charles as their agents for the ensuing year. A considerable sum is subscribed for the supply for the troops, on the frontier of New York, etc., during the winter, with warm waistcoats, etc. The Indians last week cut off eight families; 600 arms have been purchased for the people of the frontier. Heard that a petition will be sent to the King against the Assembly. Hopes Parliament will establish a union of the Colonies for the common defence.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, III, 292).

XLV, 10a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Richard Partridge
1755 October 25L. 1p.XLV, 10a

Philadelphia. Extract from preceding letter. (Copy.)

General physical description: L. 1p.

XLVI(ii), 2. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1755 December 27A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 2

Easton. Glad the companies are forming in town and choosing their officers. Marched Aston's and Trump's companies over the mountains after many difficulties. Waiting for supplies.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 102; Bigelow, II, 445; Smyth, III, 320).

L(ii), 19 (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Address to the First Militia Company to the Southward
[1755]Ms. 1p.L(ii), 19 (OS)

Concerning the assignment of the Dock Ward and other Militia Companies. (Incomplete.)

General physical description: Ms. 1p.

XLVI(i), 20. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to ----- Harris
[1755]A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 20

[Philadelphia]. Congratulations on the birth of a daughter. Sends his blessing to the little stranger and desires to know her name.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

LVIII, 142. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
List of necessaries
[1755]A. Mem. 1p.LVIII, 142

List of necessaries wanted for the hospital of the 1st Battalion of the Royal American Regiment at Philadelphia.

General physical description: A. Mem. 1p.

L(ii), 53. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Relating to the militia
[1755]A. Mem. 7p.L(ii), 53

Relating to the militia; to the establishing of a Post of Tioga, and to the abvisability of concerting with New York and Massachusetts as to the raising of troops; eclipses; physician's fees; amount of linen, etc.

General physical description: A. Mem. 7p.

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XLVI(ii), 3. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1756 January 15A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 3

Bethlehem. Thinks the line of forts will be finished in a fortnight or three weeks. will then make a trip to Philadelphia to send away the lottery tickets and pay off the prizes.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 104; Bigelow, II, 447; Smyth, III, 323).

L(ii), 44. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Reply to the Plan of Association
[1756 March 6]A. Dr. of L. 1p.L(ii), 44

[Philadelphia]. Regarding Colonel Franklin's Philadelphia Regiment of Foot. Asserts that it is false that few people seem inclined to muster arms under the present military laws. States that nine companies of the Philadelphia regiment of foot under Colonel Franklin, consisting of about 1000 men, appeared in arms, being mustered by the officers commissioned in pursuance of the law. States that the German people made a considerable part of the body.

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

XLVI(ii), 4. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1756 March 21A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 4

Fredericktown. Excepts to sail that day. Peter [his servant] was taken ill but is almost well again. Informs her if she wants money to present one of the two orders he left with her to Mr. Cha[rle]s Norris. Enjoins her to be careful of her accounts, particularly about the lottery affairs. If there is peace shall probably not come home so soon as he purposed.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 115; Bigelow, II, 457; Smyth, III, 331).

XLVI(ii), 5. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1756 March 30A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 5

Williamsburg. Account of his journey; may return to New York with Colonel [William] Hunter and his lady in the Man-of-War.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 116; Bigelow, II, 458; Smyth, III, 332).

XLVI(ii), 102. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1756 [April 5]A.L. 1p.XLVI(ii), 102

Arrived at Colonel [William] Hunter's, near Hampton, where he was received in the most obliging manner. Mr. Hunter is not ill but thin. Condition of the place at the time. Uncertain as to the time he may return or the way he shall take back. Asks her to deliver the money, belonging to Colonel Hunter, to Mr. Nelson when he calls for it, taking his receipt. (First par missing.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

XLVI(ii), 101. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
[1756 April]A.L. 1p.XLVI(ii), 101

Continues well. Arrived with Mr. [William] Hunter yesterday. Have almost finished their business together. (Fragment.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

XLV, 11.5. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to T[homas] Pownall
1756 August 19A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 11.5

Philadelphia. Encloses a copy of the late conference at Easton; the Indians are preparing to continue the war. Opinion of Sir William Johnson's step to procure peace with the Six Nations. If Lord Loudoun would order the recruits to the frontier, they would be of great assistance to the inhabitants.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 121; Bigelow, II, 468; Smyth, III, 341).

L(i), 27. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Events leading up to the French and Indian War
[1756]A. Dr. of Mem. 1p.L(i), 27

Events leading up to the French and Indian War arranged in chronological order.

General physical description: A. Dr. of Mem. 1p.

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XLVI(i), 13. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to General William Shirley
[1756]A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 13

Is represented at home as an opposer of Government and disaffected to the King's service. Since he is acquainted with what zeal he served Gen. [Edward] Braddock and also with his readiness to assist his forces by affecting the grant from the Asembly for £10,000 in provisions and clothing; he desires him to mention these things in a letter to him that he may be at liberty to communicate it to Sir Everard Fawkener,and thus remove any impressions to his disadvantage.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

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XLVI(i), 53. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to General William Shirley
[1756]A. Dr. of L. 2p.XLVI(i), 53

Like the preceding with but slight change of wording. Acquaints him of what part he took in the grant and that he actually subscribed three tenths of the whole for which he is not yet reimbursed.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. 2p.

XLV, 12a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Robert] Charles
1757 February 1A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 12a

[Philadelphia]. Sends him copies of last year's votes, and other valuable papers. It is estimated that £125,000 is necessary to defend the Province for one year; this large sum cannot be raised and three-fourths of the troops must be disbanded. The House has asked Mr. [Isaac] Norris and Dr. Franklin to go to England to assist in getting these matters settled.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 127; Bigelow, II, 483; Smyth, III, 367).

XLV, 12b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Richard] Partridge
[1757 February]A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 12b

[Philadelphia]. Would have written a long letter but the House desired the Speaker and him to go immediately home and settle the differences with the Proprietors; it is possible that one of them will soon have the pleasure of seeing and conferring with him on their affairs.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 14a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [William] Dunlap
1757 April 4A.L.S. 2p.XLV, 14a

Philadelphia. Appoints him postmaster of Philadelphia during his absence; office is not be removed from his house without his consent. Tells him to pay attention to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin's advice. Is to retain 10 per cent commission. (Torn).

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Bigelow, II, 496).

LXVI, 3. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Deborah Franklin
1757 April 4D.S. 1p.LXVI, 3

Philadelphia. Power of attorney.

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

XLVI(ii), 6. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1757 April 5A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 6

Trenton. On his journey to New York where he is to take passage to England.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 131; Bigelow, II, 497; Smyth, III, 378).

XLV, 2. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Samuel Hazard
1757 April 11L. 1p.XLV, 2

Philadelphia. Regarding the misunderstanding between them relative to the prize-money and the Academy tickets. (Copy.)

General physical description: L. 1p.

XLV, 14d (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Colonel [Henry] Bouquet
1757 April 14A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 14d (OS)

New York. Recommends him to an ingenious physician in Charlestown who knows the rule of making cool, weak, refreshing punch. Prays that he has a pleasant voyage.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, III, 382.)

XLV, 14c (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dr. [Alexander] Garden
1757 April 14A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 14c (OS)

New York. Is about to embark for London; refers him to his article on fire written to Dr. Lining. Introduces Colonel [Henry] Bouquet.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, III, 381).

XLV, 14b (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dr. John Lining
1757 April 14A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 14b (OS)

New York. A disquisition on heat and cold. (First part missing.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VI, 203; Bigelow, II, 498; Smyth, III, 383).

LII, 30 (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Commission to James Parker as Comptroller of the Post Office
1757 April 22A. 2p.LII, 30 (OS)

Commission of James Parker as their Agent and Comptroller of the Post-Offices of North America. Draft by Franklin of document signed: [Benjamin] Franklin and [Wiliam] Hunder.

General physical description: A. 2p.

XLV, 15. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790. Hunter, William.
to James Parker
1757 April 22A.L.S. 7p.XLV, 15

Instructions for him as Comptroller of the General Post-Office during Mr. [Benjamin] Franklin's absence. Signed: [Benjamin] Franklin and [William] Hunter.

General physical description: A.L.S. 7p.

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XLVI(ii), 7. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1757 April 29A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 7

New York. Is determined against going in the first pacquet. Asks her to send him the Indian sealskin hussiff with all the things that were in it, the Indian lady's gut-cambric, and one or two books on the game of chess.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, III, 392).

XLV, 17. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Peter Franklin]
1757 May 21A.L.S. 1p.XLV, 17

Woodbridge, New Jersey. Has already waited six weeks for the sailing of the pacquet and still does not know when she is likely to sail; will not meddle with his paper currency sinice he always loses by it; his wife is with him, but Billy and Sally [Franklin] are in New York.

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

XLVI(ii), 8. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Woodbridge, [New Jersey]
1757 May 27A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 8

New York. Delayed at New York. Dined with Lord Loudoun; French fleet reported to be cruising off the coast. May stay at Woodbridge until the pacquet sails, and, while there, try to finish his work. (Mutilated.)

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 135; Bigelow, II, 509; Smyth, III, 395).

XLV, 16. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Isaac Norris
1757 May 30A.Dr. of L.S. 4p.XLV, 16

New York. Delays in sailing. Interview with Lord [Loudoun] respecting the pay to servants enlisted in the army.

General physical description: A.Dr. of L.S. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 138; Bigelow, II, 512; Smyth, III, 397). For postscript to letter, see XLV(i), 56.

XLVI(ii), 9. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1757 June 2A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 9

New York. Will go on board the next day. Hopes Sally [Franklin] will be obedient and mind her learning and improvement. (Multilated.)

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 145; Bigelow, II, 519; Smyth, III, 405).

XLVI(i), 56. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Isaac Norris
1757 June 5A. Dr. of L. 1p.XLVI(i), 56

[New York]. Is at length going abroad; it is said the fleet will sail tomorrow, but this cannot be depended upon.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Postscript to XLV, 16

XLVI(ii), 10. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1757 July 27A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 10

London. His arrival in London.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 149; Bigelow, II, 520; Smyth, III, 419).

XLVI(i), 18. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dr. [John] Fothergill
[1757 October]A. Dr. of L. 1p.XLVI(i), 18

Tuesday morning. Took the powder he prescribed and had a good night's rest. Had no headache in the morning and therefore did not cup. Had, however, a giddiness and swimming in his head which, whenever he rises or turns suddenly, makes him stagger; hears a humming noise in his head and sees faint twinkling lights. Asks for his advice.

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

XLVI(ii), 94, 95, and 98. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1757 November 22A.L. 4p.XLVI(ii), 94, 95, and 98

London. His long illness. Will entertain Mr. [Peter] Collinson and Dr. [John] Fothergill with her account of Tedynskung's visit. Glad Sally [Franklin] went to Elizabethtown. General [William] Shirley's affairs in an uncertain state and he (Gen. S.) is endeavoring to obtain an enquiry into his conduct. Tells her not to be troubled about reports spread by his enemies about him; should he not be able to do his country any good; he will at least take care not to do it any harm. The agrecable conversation he meets with among men of learning and the notice taken of him by persons of distinction, are the principal things that soothe him during this painful absence from his family and friends; yet those would not detain him another week if he had not other inducements; duty to his country and hopes of being able to do it some service. (Part missing.)

General physical description: A.L. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Three fragments of the same letter. For another fragment, see: LXXVIII, 22c. Printed in Works (Sparks, VIII, 149; Bigelow, II, 521; Smyth, III, 429).

LXXVIII, 22c. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1757 November 22A.L. 2p.LXXVIII, 22c

London. His long illness. Will entertain Mr. [Peter] Collinson and Dr. [John] Fothergill with her account of Tedynskung's visit. Glad Sally [Franklin] went to Elizabethtown. General [William] Shirley's affairs in an uncertain state and he (Gen. S.) is endeavoring to obtain an enquiry into his conduct. Tells her not to be troubled about reports spread by his enemies about him; should he not be able to do his country any good; he will at least take care not to do it any harm. The agrecable conversation he meets with among men of learning and the notice taken of him by persons of distinction, are the principal things that soothe him during this painful absence from his family and friends; yet those would not detain him another week if he had not other inducements; duty to his country and hopes of being able to do it some service. (Part missing.)

Other Descriptive Information: For other fragments, see: XLVI(ii), 94, 95 and 98. Printed in Works (Sparks, VIII, 149; Bigelow, II, 521; Smyth, III, 429).

XLVI(i), 25. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to ----- -----
[1757-1775]A. Dr. of L. 2p.XLVI(i), 25

Recommends arbitration rather than a law-suit to collect a debt, concerning which he has been consulted.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. 2p.

XLVI(ii), 11. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1758 February 19A.L.S. 4p.XLVI(ii), 11

London. Death of his friend [William] Parsons. Hackney coaches in London; London one great smoky house. His health. Account of various articles he sent her. (Incomplete.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 163; Bigelow, III, 5; Smyth, III, 430).

XLVI(ii), 12. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1758 June 10A.L.S. 4p.XLVI(ii), 12

London. Presents. Domestic concerns. Electric bells. Prudent for her not to engage in Party disputes. The Proprietors have determined to discard Governor [William] Denny on account of his conduct. Governorship offered to a certain Mr. Graves, who declined to accept it.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 167; Bigelow, III, 12; Smyth, III, 438).

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XLV, 18. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to the Speaker and Committee [of the Pennsylvania Assembly]
1758 June 10A. Dr. of L. 2p.XLV, 18

London. The case of [William] Moore and [William] Smith. Mr. [Robert] Charles attempted to ascertain how far our privileges would be affected by coming immediately under the Crown; recommends that we remove the prejudices that have spread in England against them. The Proprietors are determined to discard their present Governor as soon as they find a successor. (Conclusion missing.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Bigelow, III, 19; Smyth, III, 443).

XLVI(ii), 13. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1758 September 21A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 13

London. Will send her some stuff for chair bottoms, and an iron oven if he can get it on board. Has a violent cold. Billy [Franklin] still in the country. They have lately met with a small rebuff in France. The troops are returned.

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

XLVI(ii), 97. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
[1758]A.L. 1p.XLVI(ii), 97

Wrote to Mr. [David] Hall that he received his bills. Hopes his anger is over. Thinks it would improve cousin Josey if he was to come to England and work in some of the best marble shops for a year or two. Is sorry to hear of any disturbance in the Academy the rather as by his introducing that imprudent man [William Smith ?], he thinks he is in some degree the cause of those misfortunes. (Mutilated.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

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XLVI(ii), 103. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
[1758]A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 103

London. Several particulars about himself. Lodges in Craven street; has four rooms, furnished; living in London very expensive; Billy [his son] is with him and very serviceable; Peter [the servant he took with him] has behaved well. Goodeys he now and then gets a few, but apples seldom. Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson sends her a pair of knitted [garters]. Will purchase various articles with the £100 she sent him and then send them to her. Will not go to Holland, but intends to see a great part of England as soon as the weather permits travelling. Sends her his picture in miniature. (Part missing.)

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

L(i), 41. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Benjamin] Wilson
1759 January 28A. Dr. of L. 8p.L(i), 41

Philosophical hints.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. 8p.

XLVI(ii), 14a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs.] Deborah Franklin, [Philadelphia]
[1759 April 7-11]A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 14a

[London]. Detailing the contents of two or three boxes sent via the Cornelia to her. Notes answering the rest of her letters. Incomplete.

XLVI(ii), 14. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1759 April 12A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 14

London. Asks her to tell Mr. [Charles] Thomson that he has just heard that the Proprietor is writing an answer to his book (An Enquiry into the Causes of the Alienation of the Delware and Shawaneese Indians, etc.), and will pay off him and the Quakers. Sends her two boxes in which are articles for herself and his friends.

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

XLVI(ii), 15. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin
1759 August 6A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 15

London. Reasons why she does not receive a letter by every pacquet. Sent her some boxes per Captain Smith but they were not put on the bill of lading. Asks her, in directing his letters, not to put the title, Honorable, before his name.

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

XLVI(ii), 16. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1759 August 29A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 16

Liverpool. Has been out on his journey almost three weeks; spent some time at Derbyshire and Manchester; shall set out for Lancaster. The journey agrees very well with him. Not certain whether he is to continue on his route to Scotland or return to London through Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, expects letters at Lancaster that will determine him. Will endeavor to return to Philadelphia early next spring.

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

L(i), 13. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to the Printer of the [London] Chronicle
[1759]A.L.S. "N." 2p.L(i), 13

Manner in which the fresh supply of twelve million pounds, to continue the war, may be most easily borne by the British public.

General physical description: A.L.S. "N." 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in V. Crane (ed.), Letters to the Press, 7-9.

XLV, 19a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [John] Hughes
1760 January 7A. Dr. of L.S. 3p.XLV, 19a

London. Prospect of peace. Combants the notion that Canda should be given up; the poor condition of the laws which are sent to England for the King's approbation. Would be glad to render any service to Maryland's Assembly; will take every opportunity of vindicating them.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 192; Bigelow, III, 42; Smyth, IV, 7).

XLVI(ii), 17. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1760 February 21A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 17

London. Has lately been indisposed with an epidemical cold in the head; took Dr. [John] Fothergill's advice and parted with eight ounces of blood from the back of his head; feels better. Acknowledges the receipt of the apples. Sends her two saucepans, plated silver inside. Was blooded on Sunday, 16 ounces being drawn from him.

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

XLVI(ii), 18 (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1760 February 27A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 18 (OS)

London. Recovered from his late indisposition. Bought three saucepans plated silver inside, sent her two of them and kept the smallest in which to make his watergruel. The wine is excellent and the apples are a great comfort to him. Sends Sally [Franklin] a cask of Sheffield goods instead of stationery.

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

XLVI(ii), 19. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1760 March 5A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 19

London. Mr. [William] Strahan recommends him to settle in England.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 194; Bigelow, III, 44; Smyth, IV, 9).

XLVI(ii), 20. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1760 March 18A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 20

London. Is recovered of a slight illness he had, the same that affected him when he returned from Gnadenbut—a pain and giddiness in his head; has been cupped, blooded, physicked, and blistered; became somewhat thin on account of those operations; purposes taking a little journey for a few days during the Easter holidays.

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

XLV, 20b (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Cadwallader] Colden
1760 April 8A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 20b (OS)

London. Has ordered to his care from Liverpool 9 casks and I bale which he requests him to forward to Peter Franklin in New Port, Rhode Island. Requests him to pay the freight and charge to him. Hopes to see him during the summer.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 20a (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Messrs. Hillary and Scot
1760 April 8A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 20a (OS)

London. Received the invoice and bill for earthenware; desires them to get insurance for £50 which would include the Bale from Kendal; requests them to draw on him for the whole, also asks them to send a copy of the invoice with the goods to Peter Franklin, of Rhode Island if the ship is not gone.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 20c (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to --------- --------
1760 April 8A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 20c (OS)

London. Sorry that he cannot be certain as to the time of going into Derbyshire; the Province affairs are to have a hearing before the Board of Trade; he is engaged in public business relating to the Colonies, which will have several hearings before the Lords of Trade and the Council, the first of which is fixed for the 18th and the rest, uncertain, it is imposible for him to forsee when he shall be at liberty; when that time comes, hopes to visit him.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLVI(i), 62 (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to the London Chronicle
[1760 May 8-15]A. Dr. of L. 1p.XLVI(i), 62 (OS)

Defending the Canada pamphlet. When he read the "Letter of Two Great Men," the "Remarks" on that Letter, and the "Interest of Great Britian considered with Regard to her Colonies," in answer to those "Remarks," he sat down satisfied that he understood something of the subject, until a sensible writer from Bath perplexed him with assurances that the doctrines of that piece are big with mischief, tending to entertain eternal war upon them, and the reasoning is very fallacious. (Incomplete.)

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed V. Crane, ed., Benjamin Franklin's Letters to the Press, no. 7

XLVI(i), 60. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary Stevenson]
[1760 June 11]A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 60

There is no rank in natural knowledge of equal dignity and importance with that of being a good parent, a good child, a good husband, etc., in short a good Christian. Nicolas Gimerack, therefore, who neglected the care of his wife and family, to pursue butterflies, was a just object of ridicule. (First part missing.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Complete letter at Library of Congress. See Smyth, vol. 4, pg. 20

XLVI(ii), 21. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1760 June 27A.L.S. 3p.XLVI(ii), 21

London. Advises her not to be troubled by idle reports concerning him. Negro School established by Dr. Bray's Associates. Faults of servants. Marriage in London. Death of David Edwards. (A. copy.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Previously misidentified as being written to Mary Stevenson. (Corrected May 2013.) Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 201; Bigelow, III, 59; Smyth, IV, 22).

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XLVI(ii), 22. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1760 August 23A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 22

London. Is well. Sends her the eider-down coverlid and bag for the feet, also a camlet for his sister. Peter is concerned that she should be so perplexed about a house.

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

XLV, 21. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Isaac Norris, Esq., Speaker
1760 November 19A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 21

London. Has received the money from the exchequer and lodged it in the Bank; thinks the money should be laid out in Stocks. P.S. The sum lodged in the bank belonging to the Province is £26,648 4s. 6d.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, IV, 86.)

XLV, 22. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Isaac] Norris
1760 November 221p.XLV, 22

The proportionment of the Parliamentary Grant according to the number of effective men each Colony had in the field, and the amount allotted to the Province of Pennsylvania and the lower counties. (A. copy.)

General physical description: 1p.

XLVI(i), 1. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Isaac Norris
[1760] DecemberA. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 1

London. Relative to stock he purchased for him. Cause for the present lowness of the stocks. (A copy.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

L(i), 25. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Custom of merchants
[1760]A. Mem. 1P.L(i), 25

An hypothetical case to ascertain the custom of merchants in reference to commissions on a commercial transaction.

General physical description: A. Mem. 1P.

L(ii), 38. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Impeachment of the Earl of Clarendon
[1760]A. Mem. 2p.L(ii), 38

For introducing an arbitrary government into His Majesty's foreign Plantations.

General physical description: A. Mem. 2p.

XLVI(ii), 93. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1760A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 93

London. Probable cause for her not receiving his letters. The trouble between Mr. Flower and his wife. Acquaints her that their business draws near a conclusion and that they will have a hearing in less than a month, after which he will be able to fix some day for his return.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 214; Bigelow, III, 130; Smyth, IV, 88).

L(i), 12. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to the Printer of the London Chronicle
[1760]A. Dr. of L.S. 6p.L(i), 12

"Of the Meanes of Disposing the Enemie to Peace." Purporting to be a chapter from an old book of Discourses addressed to some King of Spain. Letter signed: "A Briton."

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 6p.

Other Descriptive Information: See also: L(ii), 53b. Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 217; Bigelow, III, 132; Smyth, IV, 90); V. Crane (ed.), Franklin Letters to the Press, 18-19.

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L(ii), 13. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Essay Fragments
[1760-1774]A. Dr. of Diss. 9p.L(ii), 13

Includes draft fragments of: a pamphlet on the Stamp Act (2 pages, circa 1765-1766. See L(ii), 27, 30, 31, & 46 for a continuation); the essay "A true state of the Proceedings in the Parliament of Great Britain, and in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, relative to the giving and granting the Money of the People of that Province, and of all America, in the House of Commons, in which they are not represented" (1 page, circa 1774); and, the essay "The Interest of Great Britain Considered, With Regard to her Colonies, And the Acquisitions of Canada and Guadaloupe. To which are added, Observations concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, &c. London" (6 pages, circa 1760).

General physical description: A. Dr. of Diss. 9p.

Other Descriptive Information: For analysis of the pamphlet, see V. Crane, ed., Benjamin Franklin's Letters to the Press, #33

XLVI(ii), 23. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1761 March 3A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 23

London. Is well; sends her a box in which are letters for herself and his friends, also sends two books, which he begs her to deliver to Mr. Coleman.

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

XLV, 23. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [John Balfour]
1761 April 2A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 23

London. As Messrs. Portis paid him two bills of the same drawers after a protest, but they refused to do the same with regard to the present bill. Had it been a bill drawn by Mr. [David] Hall he would pay it immediately, but since it is drawn by others, he returns the bill with the protest, that Mr. Hall may recover damages of the drawers.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 24. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Sir John Eardley] Wilmot
1761 May 9A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 24

[London]. Has received the Act; requests him to call and he will converse with him on the subject.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLVI(ii), 24. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1761 September 14A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 24

Utrecht, Holland. Travels in Holland and Flanders; is on his way back to London so as not to miss the Coronation [of George III].

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 229; Bigelow, III, 151; Smyth, IV, 110).

XLV, 19b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Thomas] Ringgold
1761 November 26A. Dr. of L. 1p.XLV, 19b

London. On his return from a little tour through Flanders and Holland, he found a duplicate of the papers sent him, and among them the address that had been omitted before. Advises that the Address on His Majesty [George III]'s nuptials and congratulation on his accession be blended, and that the other matter be touched in a memorial or petition by itself agreeable to Mr. Wood's advice; which if done, Dr. Franklin is persuaded will be attended with good effect. The Proprietor's and Governor's friends possessed the Ministry with the opinion that the failure of supplies in the Province is due to the Assembly's obstinacy and their disinclination to His Majesty's service. Thanks him for applying to Mr. Green concerning his old account. The retaining of Canada is now become a popular point. (Incomplete).

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

XLVI(ii), 25. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1762 March 24A.L.S. 3p.XLVI(ii), 25

London. Death of Mrs. Franklin's mother [Mrs. Read]. Expects to set out for Philadelphia next May. Mr. [William] Strahan is surprised he has not persuaded her to come over.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 235; Bigelow, III, 188; Smyth, IV, 150).

XLV, 27a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Richard Jackson]
[1762 December 6]A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 27a

[Philadelphia]. The hill-side [of Madeira] affords all climates; they claim 90,000 inhabitants; cultivation of wheat and corn increases and that of the vine diminishes, because of the greater and more speedy profits from the former. Concerning Dr. Barker who used to talk of lands he had in America. Remembrances to the Speaker [Mr. Isaac Norris] and his brothers, and to Mr. [John] Blackburn and Mr. Cooper. First part of the letter missing.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 27b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Caleb] Whitefoord
1762 December 7A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 27b

Philadelphia. Thanks him for congratulating him on his son's appointment as Governor of New Jersey. The taking of Havana. Painting and poetry in America; his British lyre.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (sparks, VII, 242; Bigelow, III, 215; Smyth, IV, 183).

XLV, 25a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dr. [John Fothergill]
1762 December 8A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 25a

Philadelphia. Arrived in Philadelphia and had the happiness of finding his family well. The anatomical drawings and casts that he sent over arrived safely at the [Pennsylvania] Hospital except the breaking of some of the glasses which the Managers repaired. Congratulates him on the taking of Havana.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: See History of the Pennsylvania Hospital, by T.G. Morton, Phila., 1897, p. 356.

XLV, 25b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Edward] Nairne
1762 December 8A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 25b

Philadelphia. Requests to be informed whether he paid for the magnet. Asks him if he could make a thermometer according to the enclosed directions and to forward it to him. Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson will pay for it; his respects to Mr. [John] Canton.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLVI(ii), 100. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
[1762]A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 100

Billy is down at Bath. Received a letter inviting him there, but must not leave London as he daily expects bills drawn on him by the Trustees. Shall be glad to receive an account of what is due on Mr. Spoffard's mortgage, as he hopes to recover it from the sellers who never acquainted him that such a mortgage subsisted, though they must have known it. Shall soon send some music for the harpsichord. (Upper half of sheet missing.)

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

XLV, 26. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Isaac Norris]
1763 February 9A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 26

Philadelphia. His expenses and compensations while in England as Agent for the Province of Pennsylvania. Difficulty of separating private from public expenses. Pennsylvania Assembly Committee of Accounts, draft of report

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Bigelow, III, 229).

XLV, 27c. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dr. [John] Pringle and Mr. [William] Strahan
1763 February 22A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 27c

Philadelphia. Thanks for congratulations on his son's promotion. Congratulates him on the glorious peace that has been concluded, and which is the most advantagenous to Great Britain of any that history recorded. As to the places left or restored to France he conceives that their strength will soon increase to such a degree in North America that in any future war they may reduce them all with ease and therefore looks upon them as so many hostages or pledges of good behavior from that perfidious Nation. Must soon make a journey to his country but is sorry he shall not be able to meet him; trusts they will meet in a better country with better constitutions and vigorous bealth and everlasting youth. P.S. Sends his best wishes to Miss Ludwell and the other ladies.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLVI(ii), 26. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1763 February 24A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 26

Trenton, [New Jersey]. Dined at Bristol and got here last night. Sir John Sinclair obligingly offered his chariot and four for the rest of the journey.

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

XLVI(i), 55. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Cadwallader Colden]
1763 February 26A. Dr. of L. 2p.XLVI(i), 55

Perth Amboy. Thanks him for his kind endeavors in obtaining the discharge of James Forrester. Condoles with him on the repeated grievous breaches that have been made in his family. It has been discovered that quick silver is a melted metal. Relative to the solidifying and melting of mercury. Relative to some experiments to procure cold by evaporation. (Conclusion missing.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. 2p.

L(i), 26. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Statement of Accounts of James Franklin, Deceased, and Benjamin Franklin
1763 April 4A. Dr. of Mem 1p.L(i), 26

Philadelphia. Signed, B. Franklin

General physical description: A. Dr. of Mem 1p.

XLVI(i), 57. Foxcroft, John . Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Anthony Todd]
[1763 June 10]A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 57

Will send the maps of America as soon as they return from their journey. Shall endeavor punctually to comply with every order and every intimation of the pleasure of the Postmaster General, and shall exert their utmost abilities to improve this part of the revenue. Several Governors of Provinces refused payment of postage, of which he acquainted the Board when he was in London, but some have since paid their account; have hopes of obtaining payment from the others. (First part of letter missing.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Rest of letter is at the Yale University library.

XLVI(ii), 27. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1763 June 16A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 27

New York. Purposes taking Sally [Franklin] with him; Mr. [James] Parker will go with her and take care of her, if there is no other suitable compay. Approves of her opening his English letters.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 254; Bigelow, III, 240; Smyth, IV, 202). Also printed in V. Crane (ed.), Franklin Letters to the Press, 25.

XLVI(ii), 28. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
[1763] October 31A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 28

New York. Purposes to proceed homeward the next day if the weather is suitable. Will make a stay at Woodbridge and then shall go forward to Burlington, where he would like to meet her if she can manage to come there; will be home Saturday if he does not meet her at Burlington.

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

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LXXVIII, 16. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
List of Names
[1764 February 24]A.N. 1p.LXXVIII, 16

List of articles Franklin wanted to send to Boston and Ezra Stiles in Newport.

XLV, 28. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [George] Whitefield
1764 June 19A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 28

Philadelphia. Confidence in divine goodness. Hopes that the bugbcar Boston account of the unhealthiness of Philadelphia will not deter him from visiting them.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 261; Bigelow, III, 250; Smyth, IV, 248).

L(ii), 37. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790. Foxcroft, John .
to [Anthony Todd]
1764 September 21A. Dr. of L.S. 10p.L(ii), 37

Philadelphia. Received his letter and gave orders for the several Acts of Parliament referred to, to be observed and executed by the officers. Is greatly concerned that the state of their accounts are delayed so long. Cause of this delay. The rule for charging 2d. or 16 gr. of silver on every letter coming from a ship is observed here; think the office would lose if they charged but a penny a letter. Amendments which they propose for the security of correspondence as well as for the advantage of the revenue. Advise that charge for postage be made according to the number of miles letters are carried.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 10p.

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XLVI(i), 82. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [the Freemen of Pennsylvania]
[1764 September 28]A. Dr. of L. 1p.XLVI(i), 82

[Philadelphia]. Relative to some amendments which the Governor proposed to a bill passed by the Assembly for the punishment of certain offences, which amendments the Assembly refused to admit. This is one of their offences against the Lord Proprictors for which they were abused with all the virulence that malice can dictate, enforced by numberless barefaced falschoods that only the most dishonest can and would dare to invent. (First part missing.)

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, IV, 94; Bigelow, III, 305; Smyth, IV, 261).

XLV, 29. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Colonel Henry Bouquet]
1764 September 30A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 29

Philadelphia. Thinks of [Colonel John] Bradstreet's peace [with the western Indians] as he does. Requests that if he writes any letter relating to the present expedition, which is likely to be seen by the Secretary of State, that he will mention him as ever ready to promote the service of the Crown. Tells him that his sentiments of the Constritution are solid and just. Until the change now attempted is effected there will be little internal quiet in the administration of Public Affairs. Voltaire on the subject or religious toleration. Gives a passage which, now that we are torn to pieces by faction, religious and civil, shows that it is advantageous to us that he views us at a favorable distance. Quotation in French concerning unjust criminal laws; what should be accepted as proof or evidence; presumptions should be excluded. Sends a pamphlet entitled "Jugement rendu dans I'affaire du Canada". Thinks it may interest him as during his war with that Colony he must have known some of the characters concerned. For completion of letter, see XLVI(i), 82 1/2.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Bigelow, X, 305; Smyth, IV, 267).

XLVI(i), 82.5. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Colonel Henry Bouquet]
1764 September 30A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 82.5

Completion of letter XLV, 29 (see above).

Other Descriptive Information: On same leaf with XLVI(i), 82. Printed in Works (Bigelow, X, 305; Smyth, IV, 267).

L(ii), 2 (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Remarks on the Late Protest Against the Appointment of Mr. Franklin as Agent for the Province of Pennsylvania
[1764 November 5]Diss. 6p.L(ii), 2 (OS)

This manuscript was issued as a pamphlet, in Philadelphia in 1764. Incomplete

General physical description: Diss. 6p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, IV, 143; Bigelow, III, 356; Smyth IV, 273). See V. Crane, ed., Franklin Letters to the Press, 23-24.

L(ii), 16. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Epitaph on [William] Hogarth
[1764 November]A.N. 1p.L(ii), 16

This is a copy of David Garrick's Epitaph on Hogarth's Mounrment. See Dictionary of National Biography.

General physical description: A.N. 1p.

XLVI(ii), 29. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1764 December 9A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 29

Isle of Wight. Have this moment come to an anchor here. Had terrible weather. Their friends' kind prayer for a thirty-day wind was favorably heard.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 281; Bigelow, III, 259; Smyth, IV, 288).

XLVI(ii), 30. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1764 December 27A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 30

London. Is recovering from a violent cold which lasted 10 or 12 days. Given a cordial welcome by his old friend in London. Parliament does not meet till the 10th of next month.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, IV, 288).

L(ii), 28. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Plan for the Settlement of the Westward
[1764]A. Dr. of Mem. 2p.L(ii), 28

Incomplete.

General physical description: A. Dr. of Mem. 2p.

LXIX, 121. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Schedule of Letters Received at the Post Office
[1764]A. Mem. 1p.LXIX, 121

General physical description: A. Mem. 1p.

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L(i), 18. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Specifications for a New Dwelling House
[1764]A. Dr. of Mem. 2p.L(i), 18
L(i), 17. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Table of Distances and Rates of Postage in North America
[1764]A. Dr. of Mem. 1p.L(i), 17

General physical description: A. Dr. of Mem. 1p.

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LXXVIII, 9-10. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Notes on Parliamentary Precedents
[1765 February 6]A.D. 3p.LXXVIII, 9-10

Fragment. Notes about three acts of Parliament. The acts had granted to areas not previously represented in the House of Commons the right to send knights and burgesses, relating to the principality of Wales; the county of Chester; and the county palatine of Durham. Franklin noted the pertinent parts of these preambles, and underlined significant phrases or passages. He also added his own commentary, pointing out analogies to the situation of the American colonies:

XLVI(ii), 31. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1765 February 9A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 31

London. His health. Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson bought the things she wrote for. Hopes to be able to return about the end of the summer. Will purchase a watch for Sally [Franklin]. News of Col. [Henry] Bouquet's success gave great satisfaction in London.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 283; Bigelow, III, 370; Smyth, IV, 358).

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XLVI(i), 27. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Thomas Pownall]
[1765 February 11-12]A. Dr. of L. 1p.XLVI(i), 27

Encloses the paper [See L(ii), 18] he desires and requests him to judge of the propriety of publishing it as it is, or what alteration should be made in it. If it is adopted he wishes it to be presented to the Ministry, provided their present scheme of a Stamp Act might be laid aside.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in V. Crane, ed., Benjamin Franklin's Letters to the Press, p. 25

XLVI(ii), 32. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1765 February 14A.L.S. 3p.XLVI(ii), 32

London. Sends her several articles. Glad their pamphlet gave her so little concern. Tells her to allow no one to make her uneasy with idle, malicious stories and scribblings. Hopes a few months will finish affairs in England and bring him to that retirement and repose with his family on which he has so long set his heart.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, IV, 359).

XLVI(ii), 33. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin], Philadelphia
1765 February 14A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 33

London. Encloses a letter from Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson and bill of lading for a chest of goods he sent her wherein are pamphlets for Billy [Franklin] and some books for cousin Cuthbert; will send the rest of the books to him as soon as they can be obtained.

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

XLVI(ii), 92. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
[1765 February]A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 92

Domestic affairs, his house, etc. (Mutilated.)

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

XLVI(ii), 34. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1765 May 11A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 34

London. Has been well lately, except for a fit of the gout which confined him a fortnight. May spend a week or two at Bath if he can find the time as soon as the Parliament rises. Hopes she is nicely settled in her new home. Rejoices to heat that his good old friend Mr. [Joseph] Wharton has another son [Hudson Wharton]. Thinks she did well in buying the lot, though she paid a high price for it.

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

XLV, 30. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [the Editor of a Newspaper]
1765 May 20A. Dr. of L.S. 4p.XLV, 30

Humorous account of newswriters and the intelligence often contained in newspapers.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 287; Bigelow, III, 376; Smyth, IV, 367).

XLVI(ii), 35. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1765 June 4A.L.S. 3p.XLVI(ii), 35

London. Domestic affairs. Acknowledgment of Divine goodness.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 295; Bigelow, III, 390; Smyth, IV, 382).

XLVI(ii), 36. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1765 July 13A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 36

London. Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson's directions for washing Sally [Franklin]'s striped gown. Concerning his new house. Is well and in good spirits.

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

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XLVI(ii), 37. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1765 August 23A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 37

London. Is well. Sends her a small box of tea and a packet wherein are letters for all their friends.

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

XLVI(ii), 38. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1765 October 2A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 38

London. Wrote largely to her, but the gentleman who was to deliver the letter did not go aboard. Sends her several articles of which the letter will give her an account. Sends her a pair of tongs and of fireshovels.

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

XLVI(ii), 39. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1765 November 9A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 39

London. His kind regards to his Presbyterian countryman, who tells the people that Dr. Franklin planned the Stamp Act. Thanks him if he does not charge him (as they do their God) with having planned Adam's fall and the damnation of mankind. Thinks he has the wisest look of any man he knows, and if he would only nod and wink and could but hold his tongue he might deceive an angel.

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

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XLVI(ii), 40. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1765 December 13A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 40

London. Is well. Will write fully to her and all his friends as soon as Parliament adjourns for the holidays.

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

L(ii), 58. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to the Royal Society
[1765]A.L. 1p.L(ii), 58

Proposal for membership of John Winthrop, Esq., Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy in Harvard College.

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

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LXXVI, 43 (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Magna Britania, her Colonies Reduc'd
[1765]D. 1p.LXXVI, 43 (OS)

Printed broadside. Concerning the ruin of Great Britain if she continues to enforce the Stamp Act. With written annotations. An emblematic plate said to have been designed by Benjamin Franklin and struck off on cards and placed in the hands of the members of Parliament as they entered the House on the day preceding the debate on the Stamp Act.

Other Descriptive Information: See Kirkland, Penna. Mag, 1949, pp.76-79 for notes on the cartoon.

LXIX, 106. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Plan of Franklin Court property in Philadelphia
1765 LXIX, 106

Also described in APS' subject guide on maps, Realms of Gold, 15 (3) and 15 (4).

L(ii), 51. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
[Effect of Parliamentary Taxation on American Sentiment]
[1765-1766]A. Dr. of L. 3p.L(ii), 51

Freemen to be taxed by their Representatives. Ultimate effects of taxation. Three way of avoiding the inconveniences: (1) By allowing each Colony to send members to Parliament; (2) by empowering them to send delegates from each Assembly to a common Council, of which Council the sum to be asked; (3) by the paper money scheme. Draft of a document, possibly prepared for a meeting with a minister.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Van Doren (1938), Benjamin Franklin, 332-334

L(ii), 30, 30a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Essay Fragments
[1765-1766]A. Dr. of L. 3p.L(ii), 30, 30a

Relating to the refusal of the House of Commons to receive the petitions from the Colonies and the trouble about the Stamp Act. Two unrelated essay fragments. The latter relates to Franklin's unpublished Pamphlet on the Stamp Act (See also: L(ii), 13, 27, 31, & 46).

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

Other Descriptive Information: L(ii), 30a is Printed: V. Crane, ed. B. Franklin Letters to the Press, no. 33

L(ii), 27. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Fragment of a Pamphlet on the Stamp Act
[1765-1766]A. Dr. of Diss. 1p.L(ii), 27

Criticism of the conduct of the Colonial Governor. (Incomplete.) See also: L(ii), 13, 30, 31, & 46. This is a continuation from the "Plan of the Pam[phlet]".

General physical description: A. Dr. of Diss. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed: V. Crane, ed. B. Franklin Letters to the Press, no. 33

L(ii), 46. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Fragments of a Pamphlet on the Stamp Act
[1765-1766]A. Mem. 5p.L(ii), 46

Fragments from a paper on the stamp duty. See also: L(ii), 13, 27, 30, & 31.

General physical description: A. Mem. 5p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed: V. Crane, ed. B. Franklin Letters to the Press, no. 33

XLVI(ii), 41 (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1766 February 27A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 41 (OS)

London. Sends her some curious beans for her garden. Congratulates her on the soon expected repeal of the Stamp Act and the great share of health they enjoy, though going on four score.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 306; Bigelow, III, 454; Smyth, IV, 409).

XLIX, 62. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Examination before the British House of Commons, Relating to the Repeal of the Stamp Act
[1766 February]D. 9p.XLIX, 62

London. (First part missing.)

General physical description: D. 9p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, IV, 161; Bigelow, III, 407; Smyth, IV, 412).

XLVI(ii), 99. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
[1766 February]A.L. 1p.XLVI(ii), 99

Sends her a packet in which are letters for her neighbors, some beans, and a letter and parcel of newspapers for Billy [Franklin].

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

XLVI(ii), 42. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1766 April 6A.L.S. 3p.XLVI(ii), 42

London. Repeal of the Stamp Act. Domestic affairs. P.S. A young man by the name of Joseph Wharton, who said he was sick and in financial distress, begged him to accept a draft on his brother in Philadelphia for twelve guineas; encloses the bill for payment.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed, in part, in Works (Sparks, VII, 308; Bigelow, III, 457; Smyth, IV, 449).

XLVI(ii), 43. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1766 May 18A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 43

London. Is well. Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson is getting something to send her. Captain [James] Robinson has arrived.

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

XLVI(ii), 44. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1766 June 13A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 44

London. Is well, but feeble. Will make a tour to Pyrmont. In duplicate (see also: XLVI(ii), 45).

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 320; Bigelow, III, 467; Smyth, IV, 459).

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XLVI(ii), 45. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1766 June 13A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 45

London. Is well, but feeble. Will make a tour to Pyrmont. In duplicate (see also: XLVI(ii), 44).

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 320; Bigelow, III, 467; Smyth, IV, 459).

L(i), 54. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter of Recommendation for George Spencer
1766 August 22A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.L(i), 54

London. Recommends Mr. George Spencer, a merchant of Philadelphia and New York.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLVI(ii), 46. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1766 August 25A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 46

London. Receipt of her letter with the account of the death of his brother [Peter]; approves of what she did and recommends his desolate sister to the continuance of Mrs. Franklin's tender care and kindness. Mr. [John] Foxcroft, in appointing his borther, did what was agreed upon. Arrangement for his sister's subsistence.

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

XLV, 31. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Mary Franklin]
1766 August 26A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 31

London. Death of his brother [Peter]; provision for his sister's subsistence.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Bigelow, III, 472; Smyth, IV, 460).

XLV, 32. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Bishop Upcher]
1766 October 4A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 32

London. Has been informed of the good purpose to dispose of the profits of one thousand pounds in the instruction of negro children in America. Has been requested by the Associates [of Dr. Bray] to give some account of the nature of landed estates in America, and to give his opinion as to where and in what manner the purchase may best be made. He accordingly advises them.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, IV, 463).

XLVI(ii), 47. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1766 October 11A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 47

London. Descendants of his grandfather in England.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 325; Bigelow, III, 474; Smyth, IV, 464).

XLVI(i), 26. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Daniel Burton]
[1766 October]A Dr. of L. 1p.XLVI(i), 26

[London]. If the venerable society shall appoint Mr. [Elihu] Spencer to the mission of Spotswood, in New Jersey, he will recommend him to the Governor of that Province. Rev. [William] Sturgeon, of Philadelphia, wrote to him that his health is so much on a decline, as to oblige him to retire into the country, and that he should think himself happy if the Society woudl appoint him to succeed Mr. [Colin] Campbel[l] at Burlington. Thinks Trenton, if vacant, would suit him.

XLVI(i), 8. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dr. [William] Cullen
[1766 November]A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 8

Recommends to his favorable notice Mr. [Jonathan] Potts and Mr. [Benjamin] Rush. Is persuaded from the character they bear, that they will improve greatly under his lectures and do honor to his medical school.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Memorial of Thomas Potts, Jr., Cambridge, 1874, p. 174.

XLVI(i), 6. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Alexander Dick
[1766 November]A. Dr. of L.S.XLVI(i), 6

Recommends to his protection the bearers, Mr. [Jonathan] Potts and Mr. [Benjamin] Rush, who came to study in their medical school.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Memorial of Thomas Potts, Jr., Cambridge, 1874, p. 173.

XLVI(i), 5. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Recommendation for [Jonathan] Potts and [Benjamin] Rush
[1766 November]A. Dr. of L. 1p.XLVI(i), 5

The bearers of the letter, Mr. [Jonathan] Potts and Mr. [Benjamin] Rush, are drawn to Edinburgh by the fame of ye medical school. Recommends them to his protection and countenance and requests that he would be so good as to favor them with his advice.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Memorial of Thomas Potts, Jr., Cambridge, 1874, p. 173.

XLVI(ii), 48. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1766 December 13A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 48

London. Wonders she had not heard of his return from Germany, as he wrote by the August packet and by a ship from Holland just as he was coming over. Asks her whether she paid off Mr. Siddons, and got the deeds recorded. Wants to know what money she received from his brother Peter on the account of the Post Office. Wants to Know how her tenants pay, what rent she receives, whether she insured the house, and whether any use is made of the house Mrs. Broughton lived in.

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

XLVI(ii), 49. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1766 December 15A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 49

London. Desires her to send him three or four young trees of the Newton Pippin kind or else a few cuttings for grafts, soldered up in a tin tube to keep them from dying.

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

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XLVI(i), 7. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [John] Swinton Jr.
[1766 December 20]A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 7

Glad the intelligence procured from Governor Franklin relating to his lands in New Jersey afford him any degree of satisfication. Recommends to his friendly offices Mr. [Jonathan] Potts and Mr. [Benjamin] Rush, who are in Edinburgh to improve themselves in the study of physics.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Memorial of Thomas Potts, Jr., Cambridge, 1874, p. 174.

L(i), 47. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Heads of Articles Relating to the Land Concern
[1766]A. Dr. of Mem. 3p.L(i), 47

General physical description: A. Dr. of Mem. 3p.

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L(ii), 54. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Legislation for the Colonies during the 17th Century
[1766]A. Mem. 2p.L(ii), 54
LXXVIII, 5. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Deborah Franklin]
[1766]A.L.S. 1p.LXXVIII, 5

Fragment. Mentions a loan with Henton Brown, which the letter's recipient should be able to pay in four months. Also mentions a partnership with Mr. Hall.

L(ii), 31 (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [the Printer of the Public Advertiser]
[1766]A. Dr. of Diss. 6p.L(ii), 31 (OS)

Relating to the rise and progress of the differences between Great Britain and her Colonies.

General physical description: A. Dr. of Diss. 6p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed: V. Crane, Ed. Franklin Letters to the Press, No. 33.

L(i), 14. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
On the Issue of Paper Currency in the American Colonies
[1766]A. Dr. of Diss. 4p.L(i), 14

A defence of the system.

General physical description: A. Dr. of Diss. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 322, Note). See Aldridge, "A Franklin Essay on the Principles of Currency Exchange."

L(ii), 21. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
On the Productions and Population of the Colonies
[1766]A. Mem. 6p.L(ii), 21

Summary of contents of a dissertation; their imports and exports. Remarks.

General physical description: A. Mem. 6p.

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L(ii), 24. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
On the Taxation of the Colonies
[1766]A. Diss. 2p.L(ii), 24

Incomplete.

General physical description: A. Diss. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in V. Crane (ed.), Franklin Letters to the Press, 109

XLVI(i), 69. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Passage for Priestley's History of Electricity
[1766]A. Dr. of L. 1p.XLVI(i), 69

Relative to the conductivity of glass. (First part missing.)

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

Other Descriptive Information: See Priestley's History of Electricity (1767), 424.

XLVI(ii), 50. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1767 February 7A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 50

London. Is well and very busy. Received the clothes, wore them, but find them too tight. Thanks her for the garters. The apples and meal not come ashore yet. Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson sends Sally [Franklin] some Pointed lace in place of that which was lost.

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

L(ii), 12d. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Reply to Coffee-House Orators
[1767 April 9]A.D.S. 1p.L(ii), 12d

Is afraid we have many more rebels among us than we were aware of. Among others they that have not registered the weight of their plate and paid the duty are all rebels; to whom may be added the acting rebels that wear French skills and cambries. The petition is from a number of private person, merchants of New York, stating their opinion that several restraints in the Acts of Trade laid on the commerce of the Colonies are not prejudicial to the Colonies but to the mother country. Those reasons are to be judged of here, and if good and are supported by facts, instead of censure those merchants might deserve thanks; if otherwise, the petition may be laid aside. Petitioning is not rebellion. Signed "A Friend to both Countries." [Fragment]

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed: V. Crane, ed. B. Franklin, Letters to the Press #42

L(ii), 9. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to the Editor of [the London Chronicle]
[1767 April]A. Dr. of L. 1p.L(ii), 9

As the bare letters of a Governor of one of the Provinces, accusing the people of rebellious intentions is looked upon as sufficient ground for inflicting penalties on such Provinces, without hearing anything from the defense, he requests him to give to the public the extract of the pamphlet which was written at the time of their last year's disputes, by one who lived long in America, knew the people and their affairs very well. [A version of this was printed in the London Chronicle, April 7-9, 1767.]

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in V. Crane (ed.), Franklin Letters to the Press, 41.

XLVI(ii), 51. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1767 May 23A.L.S. 2pXLVI(ii), 51

London. Since he is at so great a distance from home and can make no enquiries into Mr. [Richard] Bache's character and circumstances, nor from any judgment, he leaves the matter to her and Sally [Franklin]'s brother; in doubt whether he shall be able to return this summer and would not occasion delay of Sally's happiness, if she thought the match a proper one.

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

LI, 92. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary] Stevenson
[1767 June 15]A. Verses. 1p.LI, 92

On her birthday. Compares the soul encased in our bodies to good wine in a cask. The outer covering may become frail and weak through time but the wine only improves and becomes more refined with age.

General physical description: A. Verses. 1p.

XLVI(ii), 52. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1767 June 21A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 52

London. Sends her presents, and a book on Mr. [John] Harrison's watch which he wishes her to present to Mr. [Edward] Duffield.

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

XLVI(ii), 53. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1767 June 22A.L.S. 3p.XLVI(ii), 53

London. Economical advice; the proposed marriage of his daughter; Polly [Mary] Stevenson's match is broken off. The blue room.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 345; Bigelow, IV, 18; Smyth, V, 31).

XLVI(ii), 54. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1767 July 3A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 54

London. Sends a box of clothes for her and Sally. Has been ill during the week with an epidemical cold but is getting well again.

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

LXIX, 7. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to ----- Pomeroy, London
1767 August 1A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.LXIX, 7

London. Relating to Mr. Samuel Cooper's honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh. Feels himself happy in having been in any way instrumental in procuring an honor so justly due to that gentleman's uncommon merit.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLVI(ii), 55 (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1767 August 5A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 55 (OS)

London. Domestic affairs.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 248; Bigelow, IV, 22; Smyth, V, 37).

XLV, 32.5. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary Stevenson]
1767 September 14A. Dr. of L. 6p.XLV, 32.5

Paris. Description of his journey to Paris. French fashions. The King and Queen. Improvements in Versailles. Paris. French politeness. (Incomplete.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. 6p.

Other Descriptive Information: For other parts of this letter, see LXXVIII, 3 and LXXVIII, 22b. Printed, in full, in Works (Sparks, VII, 358; Bigelow, IV, 33; Smyth, V, 48).

LXXVIII, 3. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary Stevenson]
[1767 September 14]A.L. 1p.LXXVIII, 3

[Paris]. Description of his journey to Paris. French fashions. The King and Queen. Improvements in Versailles. Paris. French politeness. (Incomplete.) Copy, fragment. In hand of Mary Stevenson Hewson.

Other Descriptive Information: For other parts of this letter, see XLV, 32.5 and LXXVIII, 22b. Printed, in full, in Works (Sparks, VII, 358; Bigelow, IV, 33; Smyth, V, 48).

LXXVIII, 22b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary Stevenson]
[1767 September 14]A.L. 2p.LXXVIII, 22b

[Paris]. Description of his journey to Paris. French fashions. The King and Queen. Improvements in Versailles. Paris. French politeness. (Incomplete.) Copy, fragment. In hand of Mary Stevenson Hewson.

Other Descriptive Information: For other parts of this letter, see XLV, 32.5 and LXXVIII, 3. Printed, in full, in Works (Sparks, VII, 358; Bigelow, IV, 33; Smyth, V, 48).

XLVI(ii), 57. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1767 November 17A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 57

London. Longs to hear of her and Sally [Franklin]'s welfare from their own hands. Is Well and hearty.

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

XLVI(i), 22. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [the Earl of Morton]
[1767 November 19-25]A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 22

Looked over that part of Dr. [Joseph] Priestley's work containing an account of his experiments and found a great number of them, mostly quite new, some very curious and important, and therefore well deserving the honor of the [Royal] Society's [Copley?] medal.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

LVIII, 5. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
On Smuggling
[1767 November]A. Dr. of L. 4p.LVIII, 5

[London]. Draft of an essay addressed to the printer of the London Chronicle. For additional fragments, see L(ii), 12 and XLVI(i), 72. (Pages missing.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, II, 361; Bigelow, IV, 46; Smyth, V, 60).

L(ii), 12. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
On Smuggling [fragment]
1767 NovemberA. Dr. of L. 4p.L(ii), 12

[London]. Draft fragment of an essay addressed to the printer of the London Chronicle. For additional fragments, see LVIII, 5 and XLVI(i), 72. (Pages missing.)

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, II, 361; Bigelow, IV, 46; Smyth, V, 60).

XLVI(i), 72. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
On Smuggling [fragment]
1767 NovemberA. Dr. of L. 1p.XLVI(i), 72

[London]. Draft fragment of an essay addressed to the printer of the London Chronicle. For additional fragments, see LVIII, 5 and L(II), 12. (Pages missing.)

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, II, 361; Bigelow, IV, 46; Smyth, V, 60).

XLVI(ii), 58. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1767 December 24A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 58

London. Wants her to send him [Henrich] Miller's German Newspapers [Dcr Wöchentliche Philadelphische Staatsbote] for two or three months back and to be continued, and also a lump of that sort of stone they make steps and checks of cellar doors of, at Philadelphia.

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

L(ii), 47. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
An Account of the Paper Money Act of 1739
[1767]A. Dr. of Mem. 4p.L(ii), 47

Embodied in Pownall's Administration of the Colonies, London, 1768, p. 234. (Incomplete.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of Mem. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: See also: L(ii), 18.

XLVI(i), 12.5. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to John Pringle
[1767]A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLVI(i), 12.5

Perused the remarks made by Captain Coates relative to voyages into the Hudson Bay, the geography of the country and his reasons for believing a western sea to be not far distant. Should be made available to all who should endeavor further attempts to discover a northwest passage.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

L(ii), 18. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Relative to the Scheme of Issuing Paper Money and the Effect Thereof
[1767]A. Diss. 4p.L(ii), 18

Incomplete. Printed in Pownall's Administration of the Colonies, 4th Ed., 1768, I, 240.

Other Descriptive Information: See also: L(ii), 47.

XLVI(i), 59. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary Stevenson]
[1767-1770]A. Dr. of L. 1p.XLVI(i), 59

Is ashamed of his procrastination. (First part missing.)

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

XLV, 33d. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Père Joseph Etienne Bertier
1768 January 31A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 33d

London. Acquaints him that his certificate [of nomination] has been received by the Royal Society. Asks him to forward his Christian name that it may be inserted on the certificate without which it is not reckoned regular.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, V, 93).

XLV, 33b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Abbè Chappe
1768 January 31A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 33b

London. Sends him a tooth, which was found together with 30 large skeletons, near the Ohio about 200 miles from Fort Du Quesne; and which is supposed to belong to an elephant. Wants his opinion and would like to know if anything of that kind has been found in Siberia.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, V, 92).

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XLV, 33a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Thomas François] Dalibard
1768 January 31A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 33a

London. Hopes he received Priestley's History of Electricity; wishes that that book might renew his taste for that branch of philosophy. Thanks for the many civilities he received when at Paris.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VI, 227; Bigelow, IV, III; Smyth, V, 94).

XLV, 33c. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jean Baptiste] Le Roy
1768 January 31A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 33c

London. Esteems the acquaintance with him as one of the happiest incidents of his journey. Has no philosophical news worth communicating. The [Royal] Society is about to send out three sets of astronomers to observe the next transit of Venus; while they were attentive to what would pass in the heavens, their entrusted clerk and collector ran away with £1,500. Sends his respects to his brothers and is obliged to the elder for the generous manner in which he communicated and explained the most ingenious contrivances of his time-piece.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

XLVI(ii), 63. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1768 February 13A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 63

London. Much concerned about the loss of his sister's daughter. Was kind of her to write a letter of condolence, has also written to her on the occasion. Is now and has been in good health all winter.

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

XLVI(ii), 59. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1768 February 20A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 59

London. His health. Is beginning to prepare for his return which will be about May or June.

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

L(i), 9. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to the Printer of the London Chronicle
[1768 April]A. Dr. of L.S. "F. + S." 3p.L(i), 9

An answer to "the Portugal Merchant of Lisbon" relative to the trade with the Colonies.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. "F. + S." 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: For printers copy, see: XLIX, 39. Printed in V. Crane (ed.), Franklin Letters to the Press, no. 58.

L(i), 6. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
[English Editor to the Reader of John Dickinson's Letters from a Farmer]
1768 May 8A. Dr. of L. 1p.L(i), 6

London. Written by "the English Editor." Perface to the "Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania." (First part missing.) See also: L(ii), 23

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, IV, 256; Bigelow, IV, 157; Smyth, V, 127).

L(ii), 23. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
[English Editor to the Reader of John Dickinson's Letters from a Farmer]
[1768 May 8]A. Dr. of L. 1p.L(ii), 23

Fragment of an essay on the differences between Great Britain and the Colonies. See also: L(i), 6

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

XLVI(ii), 60. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1768 May 25A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 60

London. Continues well. Has been at Bath and Bristol. Must stay a few weeks longer in England; is impatient to be with her.

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

XLVI(ii), 61. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1768 June 11A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 61

London. Mr. Coleman is with him; the surgeon with whom he hoped a cure being abroad, he has, upon the best advice, submitted to have the diseased part cut out. Hopes he will be able to return with him about the middle of next month.

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

XLVI(i), 2. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to John Alleyne, Esq.
[1768 August 9]A. Dr. of L.S. 3p.XLVI(i), 2

London. Cause for not writing sooner. Glad he is married. Advantages of early marriages. Advice.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, V, 156).

XLVI(ii), 62. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1768 December 21A.L.S. 3p.XLVI(ii), 62

London. Domestic affairs. Intends to return in the summer. Mr. [Richard] Bache, Benjamin Mecom. His constitution. Sends a box of books for herself and his friends.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 423; Bigelow, IV, 215; Smyth, V, 182).

L(i), 58. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Force, with Gunpowder, a Wheel to go Round
[1768]A. Dr. of Mem. 1p.L(i), 58

Diagram with explanations.

General physical description: A. Dr. of Mem. 1p.

XLVI(i), 29. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Child
[1768]A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 29

Letter addressed "Dear Child." Ladies' disputes and differences are of too delicate a nature for him to interfere with. Their tea and their passions cool with a very little time and he that meddles with them too soon may burn his lips. Signed by Franklin, "Your affectionate Papa."

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLVI(i), 15. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Michael Collinson
[1768]Dr. of L.S. 3p.XLVI(i), 15

Expresses his approbation of the design to give to the public some account of his dear friend Peter Collinson. Some biographical facts about him.

General physical description: Dr. of L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 426; Bigelow, IV, 218; Smyth, V, 185).

XLVI(i), 17. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790. Foxcroft, John .
to [William] Dunlap
[1768]A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 17

It is not in their power to give a discharge for his whole debt to the Post Office on his payment of a part, the debt being not to them but to the Crown. If he does not come to a settlement immediately, they will be obliged to commence suit, whereby the accounts will be examined and settled by indifferent men, which will be more agreeable to them than a private settlement. He is immediately called upon to make good his charge against his predecessor. Signed: [Benjamin] F[ranklin] and [John] F[oxcroft].

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

L(i), 7. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to the Printer of the Gazetteer
[1768]A.L.S. 1p.L(i), 7

Does not good to rave against the Americans. Would recommend civility and redress of grievances to restore a solid Union. Signed: "Old England in its Senses."

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in V. Crane (ed.), Franklin Letters to the Press, no. 53.

XLIX, 78 (OS). Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Sketch of the room and table where the King of Denmark dined
[1768]1p.XLIX, 78 (OS)

Sketch of the room and table where the King of Denmark dined in public, October 1, 1768.

General physical description: 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: See Benjamin Franklin to William Franklin, [October] 1768, in the Jane Mecom Collection (Mss.B.F85.m).

L(i), 15. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Horrid Spectacle to Men and Angels
[1769 Before January 17]A. Dr. of Diss. 1p.L(i), 15

On efforts of France and England to destroy civil liberty.

General physical description: A. Dr. of Diss. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed V. Crane, ed. BF Letters to the Press, p. 160

XLVI(ii), 64. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1769 March 1A.L.S.XLVI(ii), 64

London. Is well, his arms have perfectly recovered their strength. Mr. Coleman's fresh disorders grieve him. Has a visit from Mr. [Richard] Bache's sister who appears to be a very agreeable, sensible young woman.

General physical description: A.L.S.

XLV, 34. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to John Winthrop
1769 March 1A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 34

London. Has obtained a telescope for him. Sent the new edition of his Philosophical Papers to Harvard College; the resolutions to consume no more British goods, if persisted in, may have a good effect another year.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Bigelow, IV, 233; Smyth V, 198).

XLVI(ii), 65. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1769 March 21A.L. 1p.XLVI(ii), 65

London. Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson sent her a case, and a trunk containing things mentioned in invoice enclosed.

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

XLVI(ii), 66. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1769 June 3A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 66

London. Continues well. Is impatient for the next pacquet which he hopes will bring good news under her own hand. Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson talks of paying her a visit.

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

XLV, 35c. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Thomas François] Dalibard
1769 September 22A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 35c

London. Thanks him for the many civilities and marks of friendship he received from him and Mad. Dalibard while in Paris. Sends him an engraving of himself.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, V, 230).

XLV, 35b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Barbeu] Du Bourg
1769 September 22A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 35b

London. Sends him some sheets of his piece now printing and requests him to make any corrections. Sends him [Joseph] Priestley's essay on the First Principles of [Government].

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, V, 229).

XLV, 35a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jean Baptiste] Le Roy
1769 September 22A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 35a

London. Has sent him one of the achromatic glasses complete, also three of the glasses described in one of his printed letters. The astronomers knew nothing before his return of the comet he [Le Roy] told him about at Paris; they have since watched it very closely, but as the French astronomers have observed it three weeks sooner, he supposes they have been better able to determine its orbit. (Mutilated.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 36b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to William Strahan
1769 November 29L.S. 8p.XLV, 36b

London. Dr. Franklin's opinion of how the supremacy of the Legislature may be best preserved. Answers to Mr. [William] Strahan's queries. What he fears is like to come to pass. (Copy in French.)

General physical description: L.S. 8p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, V, 237).

L(ii), 59. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Relative to the Alderman [Barlow] Trecothic[k]'s character
[1769-1779 October 4]8p.L(ii), 59

Relative the Alderman [Barlow] Trecothic[k]'s character; cruelty in starving the poor; his humbug alphabet; orders for paper. Memoranda concerning prisoners; [John Paul] Jone's squadron; notes for letter to John Jay, [1779 October 4], etc., etc.

General physical description: 8p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in V. Crane (ed.), Franklin Letters to the Press, 56

L(ii), 3. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Rise and Present State of the Misunderstanding with North America and the Effect of the Non-importation Resolutions
[1769]A. Dr. of Diss. 3p.L(ii), 3

Printed in V. Crane (ed.), Franklin Letters to the Press, no. 102.

General physical description: A. Dr. of Diss. 3p.

XLVI(ii), 67. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1770 March 18A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 67

London. Is well. Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson and Polly send their affections.

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

XLVI(ii), 68. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1770 June 10A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 68

London. Told Sally [Franklin] about Sir John Pringle's opinion as to the probability of her son not having the small-pox hereafter; he advised that since no eruption appeared, to make sure of the thing by inoculating him again. His health.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 449; Bigelow, IV, 348; Smyth, V, 264).

XLVI(ii), 69. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1770 July 19A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 69

London. This letter will be delivered by their countryman, Mr. [Henry] Benbridge; he has so greatly improved in Italy as a portrait painter that the connoisseurs think few or none excel him; hopes he will meet with encouragement in his own country and that they do not lose him as they lost Mr. [Benjamin] West. He chose Pennsylvania merely from affection for that State; could live exceedingly well in England by his profession.

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

L(i), 31. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to the Craven Street Gazette
[1770 September 22-26]A. Dr. of L. 5p.L(i), 31

Satirical communication. (Incomplete.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. 5p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (sparks, II, 236; Begelow, IV, 361; Smyth, V, 277).

XLVI(i), 9. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dennis De Berdt, Agent for the Assembly of the Massachusetts Bay
[1770 September]A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(i), 9

In the Gazetteer of Friday, August 26, he states that the repost insinuating that the Earl of Hillsborough had neglected to deliver a petition from the Assembly of Masschusetts Bay to His Majesty, was groundless; glad he set the matter right. Hopes he will also be able to refute the statement that his Lordship having an account of the purport of the Assembly's petition, refused to receive it from him on the ground that he was not a regularly appointed Agent consented to by the Governor. Asks him for the reasons he gave the Assembly for not proceeding with their petition. Signed: "The Publick."

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed V. Crane (ed.), Franklin Letters to the Press, 65.

XLVI(ii), 70. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1770 October 3A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 70

London. Benjamin Franklin Bache. Story of two little boys in a street. Is sorry he did not send one of his books to Mr. Rhodes since he was desirous of seeing it.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works, (Sparks, VII, 487; Bigelow, IV, 368; Smyth, V, 282).

LXIX, 119a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Dates of setting out and return of journeys
[1770]A. Mem. 1p.LXIX, 119a

Dates of setting out and return of journeys in 1766, 1767 and 1769.

General physical description: A. Mem. 1p.

L(ii), 39. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Relating to the various complaints of Dr. [William] H[unter] against Mr. William H[ewson]'s conduct
[1770]A. Mem. 5p.L(ii), 39
XLVI(ii), 71. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1771 January 2A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 71

London. Acknowledges the receipt of her letters.

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

L(ii), 25.5. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Conversation Between Dr. Franklin and Lord Hillsborough
1771 January 16 L(ii), 25.5

Franklin's account of his audience with Lord Hillsborough, after informing the Secretary for the Colonies that he had been appointed an agent for the colony of Massachusetts by the colony's legislative body.

Processing information: Not in Hays Calendar. Catalogued 8 May 1975, M.D.S.

Other Descriptive Information: For information about provenance, see L(ii), 25 1/4. Formerly bound with 973.3 AC2

XLV, 37. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to William Franklin
1771 April 20A. Dr. of L. 2p.XLV, 37

London. Severe winter. [Thomas] Walpole's grant. The Acts of the New Jersey Assembly; accounts with his son. (Incomplete.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed, in part, in Works [Sparks, VII, 516; Bigelow, IV, 394; Smyth, V, 313).

LXIX, 1. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Humphry Marshall, West Bradford, Pennsylvania
1771 April 22A.L.S. 2p.LXIX, 1

London. Encouragement of home manufacturers. (Facsimile.)

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Bigelow, X, 315; Smyth, V, 315).

XLVI(ii), 72. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1771 May 1A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 72

London. Received the bill for £30 on Sir Alexander Grant; sorry she had so much trouble in buying it, especially as it occasioned her some disgust against Messrs. [John and Thomas] Foxcroft for not supplying the money to pay for it. He had limited them in their payments to her to the sum of £30 per month, for the sake of thier more easily settling and to prevent mistakes. Does not like her going around among his friends to borrow money with which to buy bills and asks her to decline buying them in the future. Will order more money to be given her if she will satisfy him that what she receives is insufficient. Is pleased with the little histories of the fine boy.

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

III, 60a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Thomas Pownall
1771 May 8A. Dr. of L. in 3d P. 1p.III, 60a

Craven Street. Thinks Mr. Sargent of Downing Street corresponds with Mr. [Daniel] Coxe, [5th], and will probably take out the warrant [appointing him one of the Council of New Jersey].

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. in 3d P. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: For Pownall's initial letter eliciting this response, See III, 60

XLVI(i), 24. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jean-Baptiste Le Roy]
[1771 May 17]A. Dr. of L. 1p.XLVI(i), 24

London. Introducing Mr. [William] Smith, a young man of liberal education and excellent character.

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

XLV, 40. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Isaac Smith
1771 May 17A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 40

Craven Street. Rule to be observed in travelling through foreign countries.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, V, 320).

XLVI(ii), 73. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1771 June 5A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 73

London. Made a journey of a fortnight to Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester. The King's birthday. Feels exceedingly well.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 524; Bigelow, IV, 401; Smyth, V, 321).

XLVI(i), 28. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Anthony Todd]
[1771] June 15A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 28

Is going out of town but will endeavor to return in time for the pleasure be proposes to him to meet Baron Behr. Asks him to advise Mr. [Richard] Jackson, if he should be at a loss how to get ashore the two barrels of flour that came from Philadelphia. Informs him that one barrel of flour is for him. Mr. [John] Foxcroft's high opinion of the flour.

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

XLV, 38. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jonathan Shipley], Bishop of St. Asaph
1771 June 24A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 38

London. Visit at Twyford. Sends a book to Miss Georgiana and a specimen of American dried apples for Mrs. Shipley.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 524; Bigelow, IV, 402; Smyth, V, 329).

XLVI(ii), 74. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1771 July 4A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 74

London. Is well; will write more fully by next pacquet.

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

XLVI(ii), 75. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1771 July 4A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 75

London. Hopes her cold is gone; cure for a cold. Accident to Mr. Rogers and his family. If he were to build again would make his house incapable of burning. Remarks about his grandson. Will return after another winter. Sends her two plated canisters and a sugar canister.

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

XLV, 39. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jonathan Shipley], Bishop of St. Asaph
1771 July 25A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 39

Should have been happy in accompanying His Lordship on that agreeable party, or in being in Twyford instead of being in London. Proposes to set out next Tuesday, if nothing prevents.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, V, 337).

XLVI(ii), 76. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1771 August 14A.L. 3p.XLVI(ii), 76

London. His pictures. Visit to the Bishop of St. Asaph's family. Will set out on a trip to Ireland with his old friend, Counsellor [Richard] Jackson. Desires her to push the enquiry after the Lancaster Dutchman and not let it sleep and be forgotten. (Concluding part mutilated.)

General physical description: A.L. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 538; Bigelow, IV, 415; Smyth, V, 338).

XLVI(ii), 77. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1771 August 17A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 77

London. Continues well, but finds more exercise necessary to preserve his health. About to make the tour of Ireland with Mr. [Richard] Jackson, and return through Scotland before the Parliament opens. Would not have her send the receipts for the money she pays, but it would be agreeable to him to see from time to time an account of the considerable sums. Introduces Mr. Tyler, who wishes to settle in Philadelphia. Has spent three weeks with his friend the Bishop [of St. Asaph]. Promised to spend the Christmas holidays with him.

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

LVIII, 78. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Questions relating to Ireland
[1771 September]A. Mem. 2p.LVIII, 78
L(i), 42. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Agreement
1771 December 18A.D.S.L(i), 42

Relative to an extension of time to fulfill the conditions of a certain transaction. Signed: B[enjamin] Franklin, Joseph Massie.

General physical description: A.D.S.

XLVI(i), 75. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
List of Papers Relating to the Affairs of Georgia
[1771]A. Mem. 1p.XLVI(i), 75

Received in a parcel.

General physical description: A. Mem. 1p.

XLV, 49. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dr. [Joshua] Babcock
1772 January 13A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 49

London. Agricultural pursuits. Condition of the poor in Ireland. Happiness of the New England people. Benefits of civilization.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 552; Bigelow, IV, 439; Smyth, V, 361).

XLV, 50. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [James] Bowdoin
1772 January 13A. Dr. of L.S. 3p.XLV, 50

London. Dr. [Joseph] Priestley. Lord Grenville's sentiment respecting American affairs. Colonial Agents in England. Dined with Mr. [Charles] Lucas in Ireland.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 549; Bigelow, IV, 436; Smyth, V, 358).

XLV, 51. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dr. [Samuel] Cooper
1772 January 13A. Dr. of L.S. 4p.XLV, 51

London. Reason why the Governors should be paid by the Provincial Legislature rather than the Crown. Commissioners should not be exempt from the payment of taxes. Commodore [James] Gambier. Shall continue to exert himself in behalf of his country whether he is rechosen Agent or not. Anecdote.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 545; Bigelow, IV, 432; Smyth, V, 354).

XLV, 53. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Tho[ma]s Cushing
1772 January 13A. Dr. of L. 4p.XLV, 53

London. Tour in Ireland. Visit to Lord Hillsborough, his extraordinary civilities and his sentiments on American affairs. Introduced to the Irish Parliament. (Incomplete.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 554; Bigelow, IV, 441; Smyth, V, 363).

XLV, 41b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to S[amuel] Frankliln
1772 January 13A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 41b

London. How to choose a wife. Just returned from a long journey through Wales, Ireland, Scotland and the Northern parts of England.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed, in part, in Works, (Sparks, VII, 559; Bigelow, IV, 446; in full, Smyth, V, 370).

XLV, 47a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Caty Greene]
[1772 January 13]A. Dr. of L.S.XLV, 47a

[London]. Sends a receipt for making cheese and hopes that she may be the means of introducing a valuable manufacture into the country-the more valuable, as the as cream is saved and hence the farm affords more butter; as the same time that the cheese is of so much greater value. Bids her not to be discouraged and send a piece of right Parmesan that she may be acquainted with it, and know when she has hit it. (First part missing.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S.

XLV, 41a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Jane Mecom]
1772 January 13A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 41a

London. Draft of the two concluding paragraphs and postscripts.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 541; Bigelow, IV, 428; Smyth, V, 348).

XLV, 41c. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Elizabeth] Partridge
1772 January 13A. Dr. of L. 1p.XLV, 41c

London. Received her "angry-a-little" letter though he "had suffered a preceiding one to remain two years unanswered." If he did so, which he doubts, he begs to be excused. (Incomplete.)

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

XLV, 48. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dr. [Ezra] Stiles
1772 January 13A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 48

London. Zoroaster's writtings in French. Remarks on the work.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 559; Bigelow, IV, 447; Smyth, V, 371).

XLV, 47b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Gov[erno]r Ware
1772 January 13A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 47b

London. Thanks him for recommending Mr. Marchant to him had the pleasure of his company in Scotland and will do what he can to serve him. Condoles with him on the loss of his amiable partner. Hopes he will find comfort in his children.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 52. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [John] Winthrop
1772 January 13A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 52

London. Received the 52 shillings. Hopes Mr. Winthrop received the Transactions for 1770. Will forward the new volume as soon as it arrives. Wants to know whether he should give the paper he enclosed to him to the [Royal] Society.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

XLV, 43. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1772 January 28A.Dr. of L.S. 4p.XLV, 43

London. Pleased with the little history of his grandson. Advised Mr. [Richard] Bache to settle down to business in Philadelphia, to deal in the ready money way only; has given him £200 to add something to his cargo. Received neighbor Haddock's silk and carried it to her relations. The squirrels, buckwheat, Indian meal, dried peaches and apples came to hand, but the sturgeon did not arrive. Sends her a piece of Holland from Ireland.

General physical description: A.Dr. of L.S. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 561; Bigelow, IV, 448, Smyth, V, 372).

XLV, 42. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Anthony] Tissington
1772 January 28A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 42

London. Received his turkey and drank to his and Mrs. Tissington's health. Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson is ailing with rheumatic pains. Sorry he could not call at Alfreton.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, V, 375).

XLV, 44. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Sarah Bache]
1772 January 29A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 44

London. Met Mr. [Richard] Bache at Preston and advised him to settle down in business in Philadelphia. Advice to his daughter. Pleased that the things sent proved agreeable.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 563; Bigelow, IV, 451; Smyth, V, 376).

XLV, 45. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [William Franklin]
1772 January 30A. Dr. of L.S. 6p.XLV, 45

London. Lord Hillsborough's civilities. A tour in Ireland. Lord Hillsborough's opinion of the obnoxious treatment of the Colonies. Introduced into the Irish Parliament. Trip through Scotland. Mr. [Richard] Bache's desire. American Agents in England. Proposes returning home.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 6p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 564; Bigelow, IV, 452; Smyth, V, 378).

XLVI(ii), 78. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1772 February 3A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 78

London. Continues well, and hopes they are also well.

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

XLV, 45.5. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [William Franklin]
1772 February 3A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 45.5

London. Recommends the Rev. Mr. [Thomas] Coombe; not only an excellent preacher, but practices the morality he preaches. Parliament opened with a calm in party affairs. Peace seems about restored between the Turks and Russians.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 46. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [John] Foxcroft
1772 February 4A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 46

London. Common error in friends to make comparisons and depreciate the merits of others. Not necessary to do so in this case. Mr. [Samuel] Wharton will have a good deal of merit in the affair [the Walpole grant] if it succeeds, he having been exceedingly active and industrious in it. But though he [Dr. Franklin] has not been equally active his advice may have been thought of some use, since it has been asked on every step and he believes he has lent some weight to the negotiations by his joining in the affair, from the greater confidence men are apt to place in one they know than in a stranger. As he neither asks nor expects any particular consideration for any service he may have done, he only thinks he ought to escape censure. Let all do their endeavors in their special capacities, and if one has the ability or the opportunity of doing more for his friends than another, let him think that a happiness and be satisfied. The business is not yet completed and as many things happen between the cup and the lip perhaps there may be nothing of this kind for friends to dispute about. Adjustment of their private accounts.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

L(i), 30. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [John] Foxcroft
1772 February 42p.L(i), 30

London. Common error in friends to make comparisons and depreciate the merits of others. Not necessary to do so in this case. Mr. [Samuel] Wharton will have a good deal of merit in the affair [the Walpole grant] if it succeeds, he having been exceedingly active and industrious in it. But though he [Dr. Franklin] has not been equally active his advice may have been thought of some use, since it has been asked on every step and he believes he has lent some weight to the negotiations by his joining in the affair, from the greater confidence men are apt to place in one they know than in a stranger. As he neither asks nor expects any particular consideration for any service he may have done, he only thinks he ought to escape censure. Let all do their endeavors in their special capacities, and if one has the ability or the opportunity of doing more for his friends than another, let him think that a happiness and be satisfied. The business is not yet completed and as many things happen between the cup and the lip perhaps there may be nothing of this kind for friends to dispute about. Adjustment of their private accounts. [extract]

General physical description: 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: See also XLV, 46. Printed in Works (Sparks, VIII, I; Bigelow, IV, 473; Smyth, V, 382).

XLV, 54. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dr. [Richard] Price
1772 February 11A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 54

London. Thanks him for his excellent book in which he appeals to the public on the subject of the National Debt.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, V, 389).

LXVI, 4. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs.] Deborah Franklin and Richard Bache
1772 February 17D.S. 1p.LXVI, 4

Philadelphia. Power of attorney to his wife, Deborah, and son-in-law, Richard Bache.

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

L(i), 21. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Accounts with James Parker
1772 FebruaryA. Mem. 2p.L(i), 21

Relative to his accounts with James Parker.

General physical description: A. Mem. 2p.

XLVI(i), 83. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [the Managers of the Contributions for Promoting the Culture of silk in Pennsylvania]
[1772 February]A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLVI(i), 83

[London]. In relation to silk culture in America and the waste of silk in dyeing. Peculiar customs in the silk trade. (First part missing.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Access digital object:
https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/islandora/object/text:320120/

XLVI(ii), 79. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1772 March 19A.L. 1p.XLVI(ii), 79

London. Is glad to hear that her kingbird [Benjamin Franklin Bache] has gone through his second inoculation. Sends her the curtains she wrote for. A new bedstead is being made. (Mutilated.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

XLV, 55. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Noble Wimberley Jones
1772 April 2A Dr. of L.XLV, 55

London. Hopes the petition relating to the controverted lands may be brought to a favorable conclusion before the closing of the House. Shall interview Governor [James Wright] on his arrival here, relative to his treatment of the Assembly and Mr. Jones. Relation of the Parliament to the King to facilitate intercourse. Comparison of the liberties taken by Kings and Governors. (Incomplete.)

General physical description: A Dr. of L.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, V, 390).

XLV, 56b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to ---- ----
1772 April 3A. Dr. of L. S. 1p.XLV, 56b

Craven Street. Tapped the porter and found it excellent; Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson sends him some souns and tongues from America, with direction for dressing them.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. S. 1p.

XLV, 56a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Richard Wheeler]
1772 April 3A. Dr. of L. 1p.XLV, 56a

Craven Street. Is of the opinion that Cook should be agreed with, notwithstanding the advance on what he once offered the right for. Dr. [Cadwalader] Evans thinks it worth double.

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

XLV, 57. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jean Baptiste] Le Roy
1772 April 20A. Dr. of L. S. 1p.XLV, 57

London. Glad that he is happily married. Intended French Expedition to the North Pole. Messrs. Banks and Solander are to sail soon with two ships for the south; they expect to be out four years.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Bigelow, IV, 480; Smyth, V, 393).

XLV, 58. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dr. [Joseph] Priestley
1772 May 4A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 58

London. Dr. Franklin's electrical machine; the Abbé Nollet's machine. De Lor's machine. Le Roy has received an electrical machine which he has improved so as to produce the positive and negative electricities separately or together at the same time.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Bigelow, IV, 482; Smyth, V, 394).

XLVI(ii), 80a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [John Foxcroft]
1772 May 5A. Dr. of L. 2p.XLVI(ii), 80a

London. The session of Parliament has been a quiet one and draws near a conclusion. Lord North manages ably. Peace is negotiating between the Turks and the Russionas, and miserable Poland is in a fair way of being pacified too. There is no present appearance of any other war likely to occur in Europe. Sir John Pringle has proposed to him a journay to Switzerland for the summer, but he has not resolved upon it. Proposes visiting America in the summer, if not returning for good and all. Will spend the summer in the country with his friends, if he does not visit America. (Mutilated.)

XLVI(ii), 81. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1772 May 5A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 81

London. Is sorry for the disorder that has befallen his friend Mr. [Ebenezer] Kinnersley. Hopes Mr. [Richard] Bache is, by this time, home. For another draft of this letter, see XLVI(ii), 80b.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 8; Bigelow, IV, 484; Smyth, V, 396).

XLVI(ii), 80b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
[1772 May 5]A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 80b

Fragmented draft of letter. London. Is sorry for the disorder that has befallen his friend Mr. [Ebenezer] Kinnersley. Hopes Mr. [Richard] Bache is, by this time, home. For a more complete version of this letter, see XLVI(ii), 81.

Other Descriptive Information: On same leaf as XLVI(ii), 80a. Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 8; Bigelow, IV, 484; Smyth, V, 396).

XLVI(i), 12. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Sir J[ohn] Pringle
[1772 Before May 10]A. Dr. of L. in 3d P. 1p.XLVI(i), 12

Is greatly obliged for the trouble he took in the affair of the silk and is happy to hear that the Queen condescended to accept it with a purpose of wearing it. This will afford the silk raisers of Pennsylvania great encouragement to proceed in a measure the British Parliament seems to have had much at heart, the procnring a supply of that valuable article from the Colonies, for which large sums are paid yeartly to France, Spain, Italy and the Indies.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. in 3d P. 1p.

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XLVI(i), 3. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Major Dawson
1772 May 29L. S. 3p.XLVI(i), 3

London. On the security of the powder magazines at Purfleet. (Translation in French.)

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, V, 427).

L(ii), 10. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to the Printer of the Public Advertiser
[1772 June 3]A. Dr. of L. 2p.L(ii), 10

Reason for one sect persecuting another. Relative to the justice of the charge against the present dissenters, particularly those in America. (Incomplete.)

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, II, 112; Bigelow, IV, 466; Smyth, V, 408).

XLVI(ii), 82. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1772 July 14A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 82

London. Visits to the North of England.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VIII, 9; Bigelow, IV, 494; Smyth, V, 408).

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LXXVIII, 22a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [William Franklin]
[1772] JulyA.L. 1p.LXXVIII, 22a

London. Mangled fragment of a letter. Mentions Sir John Pring[le] and a report.

XLIX, 74. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Minutes of the Committee on the Purfleet Magazine
1772 August 121 p.XLIX, 74

Meeting attended by Mr. [Henry] Cavendish, Dr. Franklin, Dr. [William] Watson, Mr. Benjamin Wilson and Mr. [John] R[obertson]. Agreed that conductors to the magazine are necessary. How and where they should be placed.

XLVI(ii), 83. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1772 August 22A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 83

London. Had a severe attack of the gout but is somewhat better. Mrs. [Benjamin] West has another son to whom he is godfather. His other godson, Billy Hewson, is a fine boy. Mr. [Alexander] Small returned home full of the praises of America. Rejoices that she had so much pleasure with her kingbird [Benjamin Franklin Bache].

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

L(ii), 32. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Observations on Pointed Lightning Rods
[1772 August 27]A. Dr. of Diss. 2p.L(ii), 32

[London]. Relative to the size of conductors necessary to protect houses from lightning. (Incomplete, fragment.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of Diss. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, V, 435; Bigelow, IV, 508; Smyth, V, 420).

XLV, 59. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Louis-Phélypeaux, Duc de la Vallière]
1772 September 4A.Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 59

With the greatest pleasure he received the information of his nomination by the King to fill a vacancy in the Academy of Sciences as Associé étranger; begs him to present to His Majesty his grateful acknowledgments. (With a French translation.)

General physical description: A.Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 60a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [John] Huske
1772 September 6A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 60a

London. America is obliged to him for his continued good wishes and schemes; the obtaining money from the poor treasury to forward such schemes, although beneficial to America, is out of all expectation. A new colony is forming where good land may be had cheap.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, V, 435).

XLV, 60b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [John] Walsh
1772 September 6A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 60b

London. Glad that he intends publishing an account of his experiments. Dr. [Joseph] Pricstlcy found that growing vegetables restore air that has been spoilt by putrefaction.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, V, 436).

XLVI(i), 61. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [a Defender of Lord Hillsborough]
[1772 After September 7]A. Dr. of L. 2p.XLVI(i), 61

Rebukes M.S. for abusing the New Englanders in his attempt to defend Lord Hillbororough's conduct. Comments on the disagreeable consequences that may result from it. (Incomplete.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in V. Crane, ed., Benjamin Franklin's Letters to the Press, no. 107

XLVI(i), 30. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Horace-Bénédict de Saussure]
[1772 October 8]A. Dr. of L.S. 4p.XLVI(i), 30

Relative to the use of pointed conductors in Philadelphia and London to secure buildings from lightning. Pointed conductors for the magazines of gunpowder at Purfleet. Hopes he removed the prejudice of his fellow-citizens relating to his conductor, and that he has since completed it, so as to make the experiment with it, he had in view.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Draft of letter. Finished product is held by the Bibliothèque de Genève.

XLVI(i), 63. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jacques Barbeu] Du Bourg
[1772 November]A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 63

Acknowledges receipt of package containing two parcels of the Ephemerides. Sends salutations of Madame Dubourg, Mille. Bihéron and other friends. Promises himself the happiness of seeing, them and him once more, for he thinks of returning home (when he does return) through France and Italy, taking his passage at Leghorn in some of the ships that go thither with corn or fish. (First part missing.)

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

LXIX, 8. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dr. Cadwalader Evans, Philadelphia
1772 December 2A.L.S. 1p.LXIX, 8

London. Is much concerned to hear of his illness. Has received his favor of October 21st, with bill drawn by order of the Managers for Promoting the Culture of Silk, and is glad the purchase he made was satisfactory. As the sum exceeds his disbursement the overplus will wait his orders. The truss was sent, is vexed that it did not came to hand, and must inquire what became of it. Franked: "B., Free, Franklin."

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

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XLV, 61. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jacques Barbeu] Du Bourg
1772 December 26A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 61

London. Spelling. Will enquire of Messrs. Dilly for the American [Philosophical Society's] Transactions.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, V, 463).

L(i), 49. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Directions for Discovering Whether the Power that gives the Shock in Touching the Torpedo or the Gymnotus of Surinam is Electrical or not
[1772]A. Dr. Mem. 1p.L(i), 49

Printed in Works (Sparks, V, 412; Bigelow, III, 466; Symth, V. 539).

General physical description: A. Dr. Mem. 1p.

L(i), 2. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Sir William Browne
[1772]A.L.S. 2p.L(i), 2

Warning against any further publication of malicious libels and forged articles. Signed: "An Offended Fellow of the R[oyal] Society."

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

L(i), 4. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
The Lord's Prayer
[1772]D. 3p.L(i), 4

Franklin's new version of the Lord's Prayer, appearing side-by-side with the traditional version of the prayer. Giving reasons for the proposed changes in expression. See L(i), 5 for a draft of this work, with other assorted notes.

General physical description: D. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, I, 77; Smyth, VII, 427).

L(i), 5. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
B. Franklin's Version of the Lord's Prayer
[1772]D. 4p.L(i), 5

Franklin's new version of the Lord's Prayer, appearing side-by-side with the traditional version of the prayer. Giving reasons for the proposed changes in expression. Includes a completed version of the work, a draft, and other assorted notes. See L(i), 4 for finished version of the text.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, I, 77; Smyth, VII, 427).

XLVI(ii), 84. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mrs. Deborah Franklin]
1773 January 6A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 84

London. His birthday. Glad she continues well.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VIII, 31; Bigelow, V, 86; Smyth, VI, 4).

XLVI(i), 58. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jacques Barbeu Du Bourg]
[1773 March 10]A. Dr. of L. 2p.XLVI(i), 58

Does not think damp clothes caues colds any more than wet clothes. The securing of fruits from the mischief of frosts. (Incomplete. Mutilated.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. 2p.

XLVI(ii), 85. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1773 March 15A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 85

London. Sends her a box containing sundry parcels for his friends, and silk and gowns for her Sally [Franklin]. Continues well and hopes soon to see her and home.

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

XLVI(i), 14. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jean Baptiste] Le Roy
[1773] March 30A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 14

London. Pointed conductors for the public magazines of gunpowder, and their disadvantages as claimed by Mr. [Benjamin] Wilson in his pamphlet to alarm the people of their danger. Sent a volume of American [Philosophical Society's] Transactions to the Academy of Sciences in Paris and when he found it was favorably recived, he acquaints him, he nominated him a member of that Society and he was elected January 15. Two ships are being fitted out by the Admiralty at the request of the Royal society to make a voyage to the North Pole.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in works (Bigelow, V, 120; Smyth, VI, 28).

XLVI(ii), 86. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1773 April 6A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 86

London. Did all he could to serve Mrs. [Patience] Wright, but somehow or other he displeased her of late and she does not now come near him. Condoles with her on the loss of their friend Mr. David Hall. His old friends so drop off that he is afraid, when he comes home, he will find himself a stranger in his own country. Is pleased with the accounts of her kingbird [Benjamin Franklin Bache]. Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson and Polly send their love, Sally her duty, she is to be married and leave us next week.

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

LXXVIII, 23. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Jane Parker Bedford
1773 April 9A.L.S. 2p.LXXVIII, 23

London. Surprised to learn that Bedford thinks there is a difference between their families. Mentions power of attorney given to Franklin and that he will endeavor to settle the accounts himself. Photostat.

XLV, 62. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dean [Richard] Woodward
1773 April 10A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 62

London. Possibility of abolishing slavery in America. Influence of the English merchants with the Government. Ships transporting convicts to America.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VIII, 42; Bigelow, V, 128; Smyth, VI, 39).

XLV, 63. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to William Deane
1773 April 11A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 63

London. A new carriage wheel. Heard that some person has discovered a new moving power; asks him if he knows anything of the application of this power. Has completed his stove which consumes its own smoke.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VI, 383; Bigelow, V, 129; Smyth, VI, 40).

XLV, 64. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jacques Barbeu] Du Bourg
1773 May 28A. Dr. of L.S. 4p.XLV, 64

London. Will forward what remarks he has made when he finishes examining the rest of the sheets. Is obliged to him for proposing to insert the letter as written from Dubourg to Franklin. Remarks on the papers relating to the powder magazine. Wishes that some chemist with a knowledge of electricity, would work on glass with Dubourg's views, this would prevent misunderstandings and contradictory sentiments when the same experiments are performed by different persons. Cause for the breaking of the glass bottles when highly charged in the Leyden experiment. His globe, that could not be excited, is of a different composition from the other glass. Dubourg's Para Tonnerre. (Incomplete.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 4p.

XLV, 65. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jean Baptiste] Le Roy
1773 June 22A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 65

London. Hospitals. Effect of fresh air on diseases.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VI, 385; Bigelow, V, 151, Smyth, VI, 59).

XLV, 66. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jean] Rozier
1773 June 22A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 66

London. Thanks him for his polite letter and the present of his valuable collection. Has purchased of M. Magalhaens [John Hyacinth Magellan] all the numbers of small form. Thinks it must prove a useful work in science and wishes it success.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 67. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jacques Barbeu] Du Bourg
1773 June 29A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 67

London. A list of errata in the French translation of the Works of Franklin. The causes of taking cold.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed, in part, in Works (Sparks,VI, 387; Bigelow, V, 153; Smyth, VI, 61).

XLV, 68. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dr. [Matthew] Maty
1773 July 1A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 68

London. Mr. [John] Walsh intended to draw up an account of the numerous experiments on the torpedo, but his other avocation has not permitted him to execute it. Has lately received permission to lay before the [Royal] Society what Mr. [John] Walsh had communicated to him.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, VI, 72).

XLVI(ii), 87. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1773 July 15A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 87

London. Account of articles he sends her. Congratulates her on Sally [Bache]'s safe delivery of another son, hopes he proves another pleasure to her.

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

XLVI(i), 21. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [John Williams]
[1773] August 15A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 21

His cash is lower than usual. After examining his accounts he finds that he cannot, without the greatest inconvenience to himself, comply with his request.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 69b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Peter P.] Burdett
1773 August 21A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 69b

London. Thinks he would be a great acquisition to the Colonies if he could remove there, but doubts the Colonies being able to bear the expense. Would be glad to be informed where he could see some samples of printing in imitation of painting.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, VI, 113).

XLV, 69a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jonathan Shipley], Lord Bishop of St. Asaph
1773 August 21A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 69a

London. Sends him a Boston newspaper in which his sermon is advertised. His sermon is universally received with great approbation and wonder. The Speaker of the Massachusetts Assembly says it is much liked, as it discovers a Catholic spirit and sentiments very favorable in regard to America.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

III, 160.5. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [John Cuthbert]
1773 August 28A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.III, 160.5

London. Received and sent the coal-mine drawings to France; hopes they are not too late to be use to M. [Jean François Clément] Morand, who, in despair of receiving them, thought of publishing his book without them.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLVI(ii), 88. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1773 September 1A.L.S. 2p.XLVI(ii), 88

London. Death of Dr. [Cadwalader] Evans. Fears that when he returns home, he will find himself a stranger. Her god-daughter Amelia Evans, who was married to a Capt. Barry of a ship in the Turkish trade, returned from Africa; Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson and he dined with her and her husband. Mrs. Barry's children. A new translation of his book, being the thrid edition in French; to this a print of him has been prefixed which has so French a countenance that she would take him for one of that lively nation.

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed, in part, in Works (Sparks, VIII, 117; Bigelow, V, 213; Smyth, VI, 118).

L(ii), 11. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
On Writers
1773 September 2, n.d.A.Dr. of L. 1p.L(ii), 11

London. Thoughts on what should be done with writers who try to widen the breach between the Colonies or with those who are nurtured in revolutionary principles, undated. On reverse: list of bottles from Brown and Whitford, dated September 2, 1773.

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

XLV, 70. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [John] Baskerville
1773 September 21A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 70

London. Sale of printers' types. Sheet of Chinese paper. Asks him whether he should purchase any matrices for him from Rumford and James's foundries.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VIII, 87; Bigelow, V, 222; Smyth, VI, 125).

XLV, 71. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [James] Alcock
[1773 September 24]A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 71

Informs her that there is no grant of land as yet to be obtained from those concerned in the new colony, their grant from the Crown not having yet passed the Seals. Thinks with so many children she will be better in Pennsylvania than in London; the children can be got into sober, industrious families and taught a trade on much easier terms than in London. Mr. A ---'s dexterity in business may induce his being engaged in some store. Thinks Mrs. A--- could open a boarding school for girls. Refers her to Mr. and Mrs. [Richard] Bache.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 73. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Thomas Percival]
1773 September 25A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 73

West Wycombe, Seat of Lord le Despencer. Benefits and manner of taking the census every year in China. The amazing number of deaths in Manchester due to the unwholesomeness of the manufacturing life. Moist air not unwholesome. Healthiness of the inhabitants of Bermuda, St. Helena, etc.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VI, 402; Bigelow, V, 235; Smyth, VI, 138).

XLV, 72. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Dr. [Jan] Ingenhousz
1773 September 30A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 72

London. Hopes to leave England next May or June. Sri W[illiam] Hamilton writes from Naples that he has not been able to perceive any certain signs of electricity in the torpedo. Magnetic needle. Nairne's electric machine. Electric rods for the powder magazine at Purfleet. Mr. [Benjamin] Wilson objects to pointed rods. Received a spy glass from M. Tremont, an ingenious young Italian.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VI, 406; Bigelow, V, 237; Smyth, VI, 141).

L(ii), 4. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to the Public Advertiser
[1773 September]A. Dr. of L. 3p.L(ii), 4

Rules by which a great empire may be reduced to a small one.(Incomplete.)

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

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in The Public Advertiser, Oct. 1773, also as a pamphlet, 16 p., 8 vo., London, 1793, and in Works (Sparks, IV, 387; Bigelow, V, 223; Smyth, VI, 127).

XLVI(i), 4. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Henry Sampson] Woodfall
[1773 September]A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XLVI(i), 4

If he should think fit to give the enclosed [Rules for Reducing a Great Empire] a place in his paper, he should take care that the compositor observes strictly the italicizing, capitalizing and the pointing. Requests him to let the enclosed appear in the P[ublic] A[dvertiser] as soon as he can, conveniently. [It appeared in October, 1773.]

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

XLVI(ii), 89. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1773 October 6A.L.S. 1p.XLVI(ii), 89

London. Must stay another winter in England, but nothing shall prevent his return in the spring. His health continues but cannot expect it much longer, which makes him the more anxious to be where he would choose to die. Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson's grandchildren.

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

XLVI(i), 31. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [John Alleyne]
1773 October 15A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLVI(i), 31

London. Relative to the marriage with one's deceased wife's sister. Can see no political or moral objection to it.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 74. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Peter P. Burdett]
1773 November 3Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 74

London. Art of engraving on chinaware. Will not contest the honor for the copper-plate engravings for earthenware. Use of the art in teaching moral lessons. Mr. [Joseph] Banks is preparing to publish the Botanical Discoveries of his voyage. (Copy.)

General physical description: Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VIII, 94; Bigelow, V, 249; Smyth, VI, 149).

L(ii), 8. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Advertisement
1773A.Mem. 2p.L(ii), 8

Relating to the choice of proper Psalms. Written for the "Abridgment of the Book of Common Prayer."

General physical description: A.Mem. 2p.

XLVI(i), 23. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter on the cure of rheumatism by electricity
[1773]A.Dr. of L.S. 3p.XLVI(i), 23

Letter written to an unidentified recipient, relative to the cure of rheumatism by electricity.

General physical description: A.Dr. of L.S. 3p.

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XLVI(i), 70, 71. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Jacques Barbeu Du Bourg]
[1773]A. Dr. of L. 3p.XLVI(i), 70, 71

Corrections of a text on electricity.

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

L(ii), 15. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to the Royal Society
[1773]A. Dr. of L. 4p.L(ii), 15

Relative to the Committee's report on pointed conductors for the magazines at Purfleet. Mr. [Benjamin] Wilson's criticism. Advantages of the pointed rods. Conditions under which pointed rods are not essential. (Incomplete.)

General physical description: A. Dr. of L. 4p.

L(ii), 7. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Note in the Abridgment of the Book of Common Prayer
1773A. Mem. 1p.L(ii), 7

Note in the "Abridgment of the Book of Common Prayer" under the first page of the catechism, that it is not so well adapted to the capacitics of children as might be wished and therefore only those plain answers which express their duty towards God and their neighbors are retained.

General physical description: A. Mem. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, X, 211, Note, first paragraph; Bigelow, V, 279, last paragraph, Smyth, VI, 170, Second paragraph).

L(ii), 6. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Preface to the Abridgment of the Book of Common Prayer
1773A. Diss. 4p.L(ii), 6

Incomplete.

General physical description: A. Diss. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, X, 207, Note; Bigelow, V, 274; Smyth, VI, 165).

XLV, 75. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Richard] Bache
1774 February 17A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 75

London. Has been displaced from office. Proposes to return home next May. Sends a number of boxes of printing letters which he purchased exceedingly cheap.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, VI, 193).

XLV, 81. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Edward] Antill
1774 February 18A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 81

London. Was displaced from office before he had an opportunity of answering his letter, which puts it out of his power to do him any service in what he proposed; will speak to Mr. [Henry] Potts concerning his letter and acquaint him with the result.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 76c. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Rich[ar]d Nicholls Colden, Esq.
1774 February 18A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 76c

London. Received his bills and has given credit for them to the General Post Office; begs that the account may be sent punctuaily that he may settle them before he leaves England, which is now necessary as he is no longer in office.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 80. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [John] Foxcroft
1774 February 18A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 80

London. Hopes nothing he has written has occasioned any coolness. Although no longer colleagues, he begs that they part in friendship. Displaced unwillingly by his masters who were obliged to comply with the orders of the Ministry. Proposes coming home next May.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Smyth, VI, 197).

XLV, 76b. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Tho[ma]s Foxcroft
1774 February 18A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 76b

London. Received his account. Thanks him for ordering the six barrels of flour. Tea ship arrived having a very short passage. Wrote to his family to receive no more payments, being displaced from office.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 76a. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Joseph] Galloway
1774 February 18A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XLV, 76a

London. Acts of the Pennsylvania Assembly. Duty on tea. Hutchinson letters. Indecent treatment he received at the hands of the Privy Council. Wishes a Constitution was formed and settled for America.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in part, in Works (Sparks, VIII, 115; Bigelow, V, 314; in full, Smyth, VI, 194).

XLV, 79. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Abel James and Benjamin Morgan
1774 February 18A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 79

London. Accepted the draft and will duly pay it. Happy to find that his small services have been acceptable to the Society [for promoting the Culture of Silk].

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 78. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to R[obert] Strettel Jones and Josiah Hewes
1774 February 18A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 78

London. Received their letter and immediately ordered the books. The new edition of the Encyclopedia may be excepted in about two years. Received the catalogue. Glad the Library [Company of Philadelphia] is satisfactorily situated.

General physical description: A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.

XLV, 77. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to J[ames] Kinsey and T. P. Hewlings, Burlington
1774 February 18A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XLV, 77