Benjamin Franklin Papers Part 12 -- Correspondence of and Works by Others


Date: 1642-1841 | Size: 1 section, 1,627 items


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 Correspondence of Others
1670-1841 981 item(s)
LII, 1 (OS) Courtney, Nicholas.
to Joseph Growdon
1670 January 27D.S. 1p.LII, 1 (OS)

Cornwall, England. Bond for the sum of fifty pounds.

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LII, 2 Grooss, Williams.
to Joseph Growdon
1670 February 17D.S. 1p.LII, 2

Cornwall, England. Bond for the sum of five pounds.

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LII, 2.5 Walker, Mary.
to Lawrence Growdon
1675 November 6D.S. 1p.LII, 2.5

Receipt for one year's rent. £60.

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LVIII, 2 Penn, William, 1644-1718.
to His Wife and Children
1682 June 4L. 4p.LVIII, 2

Worminghurst. Counsel and advice. Copy.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Janney's Life of William Penn, Philadelphia, 1852, p. 187.

LII, 3 Morrice, Edmund.
to Lawrence Growdon
1684 August 28D.S. 1p.LII, 3

Bond for the sum of four pounds.

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LII, 4 Coyesarne, Sampson.
to Law[rence] Growdon, Padstow, Cornwall, [England]
1691 March 6A.L.S. 1p.LII, 4

Bristol. Relative to the purchase of an estate at Aushell.

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LVII, 2 Freemen of Pennsylvania.
o Governor William Penn
1704 August 16L. 15p.LVII, 2

Complaining of certain abuses, etc. (Copy.)

LII, 5 Beaufort, Henry Somerset, Duke of, 1684-1714.
to Christopher, Baron de Graffenried
1709 April 28A.D.S. 2p.LII, 5

Commission appointing Baron de Graffenried the deputy of the Duke in that part of Carolina north and east of Cape Fear River.

XLVII, 1 (OS) Penn, William, 1644-1718.
to His Friends in Pennsylvania
1710 April 29L.S. 4p.XLVII, 1 (OS)

Expostulates with them concerning the cause of the many troubles and oppressions he has met with from them. Informs them that he has always been willing and is now willing to make any provisions that are necessary for the prosperity of his Province, but that he cannot perceive what advantages the people will be possessed of in taking many of the provisions and executive parts of Government out of the Governor's hands and place them in an uncertain body, particularly the appointment of Judges. Thinks he does not deserve the rough treatment which he and his Secretary received from them. Appeals to them to reconsider fully what they desire of him on the one hand, and what ought to be performed to him on the other. Shall expect a reply from the next Assembly, that he may know what to rely upon. (Copy.)

LXXVI, 3 (OS) Spotswood, Alexander, 1676-1740.
to the Tuscaroras
1711 October 8Mem. S. and sealed. 1p.LXXVI, 3 (OS)

Letter from the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia demanding that [Christopher,] Baron of Graffenried, the chief man of the Palatines in Carolina, shall be forthwith set at liberty and sent on the Governor of Virginia, and giving notice that if they do him any violence he will revenge his blood upon every man, women and child of the nation.

XLVII, 2 Delafaye, Charles.
to Sir W[illiam] Keith, Governor of Pennsylvania
1719 July 30A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 2

Whitehall. Sends him a copy of the Report of the Commissioners for Trade and Plantation, signifying their Excellencys approbation of what he did and their directions that he do as proposed in the Report—continue to act as Governor of Pennsylvania under his former appointment till the Proprietor and Trustees have settled their differences or until further signification of His Majesty's of their Excellencys pleasures. Report of the Board of the Trade, wherein they express their satisfaction with Mr. Keith for declining to act under his new commissions.

LII, 8 Hooper, John.
to Lawrence Growdon
1724 October 6A.L.S. 1p.LII, 8

Padstow, [Cornwall, England]. Perverse winds have prevented sailing. Purchase of brandy and barley, and other business matters.

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LII, 8.5 Hooper, John.
to ------ ------
1726 September 22A.L. 1p.LII, 8.5

Padstow, [Cornwall, England]. Concerning the price of wheat and barley. Fragment.

LII, 10 Unidentified.
to ----- -----
1726 November 20A.L. 3p.LII, 10

Pole. Relative to rent of farm. Rough weather for sailing. Requests him to look after his wife and family.

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XLVIII, 58 Hooper, John.
to Lawrence Growdon
[1727] January 25A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 58

Padstow, [Cornwall, England]. Fall in the price of corn. Hopes that he has not bought any to ship off.

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LII, 11 Banley, J..
to Lawrence Growdon, Bridgwater [England]
1727 March 30A.L.S. 1p.LII, 11

London. Business letter.

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LII, 12 Hooper, John.
to Lawrence Growdon, Bristol
1727 October 4A.L.S. 1p.LII, 12

Padstow, [Cornwall, England]. Relative to the buying, shipping and selling of wheat and barley.

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LII, 12.5 Hooper, John.
to Lawrence Growdon, Bridgwater
1727 October 23A.L.S. 2p.LII, 12.5

Padstow, [Cornwall, England]. Buying and selling of wheat. Accompained by a note from W[illia]m Gifford to Mr. Hooper relative to a bill coming due.

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XLIX, 80 Hooper, Charles.
to Mrs. Lawrence Growdon
[1727] ----- 23A.L.S. 1p.XLIX, 80

Bristol. Informs her that his brother died of small-pox in the morning; requests her assistance as soon as possible.

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XLVII, 3 (OS) Growdon, Joseph.
to His Brother
1728 March 30A.L.S. 3p.XLVII, 3 (OS)

Philadelphia. Begs to be pardoned if he has used unguarded language in his last letter, which he assures him was due to youthful passions, rather than resentment; he never endeavored to influence his father against him; he knows nothing about his father's affairs or his will; he knows his brother has a right to a considerable quantity of land in Pennsylvania which has been sealed and improved or aliened and sold by his father, and whatever rights he has he will not dispute; assures him that in whatever manner their father may dispose of his estate, he will never dispute a point with him but in the kindest, most amicable and affectionate terms; and rather than be involved in unnatural discord and unhappy division will make a voluntary resignation of his own interest.

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LII, 9 Hooper, Jenet.
to Lawrence Growdon, Bridgwater, [England]
1728 May 20A.L.S. 1p.LII, 9

Riots of the tinners. Has heard from brother Hooper who put in at Falmouth on account of a leak. Plans for her son. Would like to apprentice him to a good business master in Bristol.

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LII, 13 Bownas, Samuel, 1676-1753.
to Lawrence Growdon
1728 December 22A.L.S. 1p.LII, 13

Bristol. Thomas Bedel's death. Changes in the market prices.

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XLVII, 4 (OS) Growdon, Joseph.
to His Brother
1730 November 27A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 4 (OS)

Philadelphia. Has just returned from Chester Court where he has been engaged in public prosecutions for the Crown. Intended to write fully but unforeseen business prevented him, and the vessel sails two days earlier. Could not manage his business so as to come over with the vessel but will be with him next spring.

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LII, 16 Hooper, John.
to Lawrence Growdon, Bristol
1731 May 10A.L.S. 1p.LII, 16

Padstow, [Cornwall, England]. Sympathizes with him in the loss of his wife.

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LXIX, 48 Collinson, Peter, 1694-1768.
to Joseph Breintnall, Philadelphia
1736 February 20A.L.S. 4p.LXIX, 48

London. Relative to books purchased for the Library Company of Philadelphia. Accounts and drafts of answers by Joseph Breintnall.

LXXVI, 44 (OS) Pennsylvania. Provincial Assembly.
to George II
1740 September 2D.S. 1p.LXXVI, 44 (OS)

Philadelphia. Complaining of the enlistment of large numbers of white servants in the army by the Lieutenant-Governor, without the consent of their masters. (Copy.)

Other Descriptive Information: Formerly identified as LVII, 3

LII, 20 Kelly, John.
to [Lawrence] Growdon
1746-1747 February 9A.L.S. 1p.LII, 20

Hillton. Relative to the affairs of the widow Williams and her son Richard.

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LII, 21 Williams, Mary. Williams, William.
to [Lawrence] Growdon
1746 September 2D.S. 2p.LII, 21

Two notices signed by each, respectively, that an agreement had been reached concerning their land.

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XLIX, 63a (OS) MacSparran, James, 1693-1757.
to Colonel Henry Cary of Dungiven
1752 August 20A.L.S. 11p.XLIX, 63a (OS)

Narraganset, Rhode Island. Description of the English American domain.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed, in part, in Collections of Rhode Island Historical Soc., III, 131.

XLIX, 63b (OS) MacSparran, James, 1693-1757.
to Reverend Paul Limwick
1752 November 10A.L.S. 2p.XLIX, 63b (OS)

Narraganset, [Rhode Island]. Family affairs. Has been engaged in a law suit about Glebe lands about twenty-eight years and a decree has been made against him with the result of a loss of at least £600. Will go to England next spring if he can obtain his wife's consent. Vagrant, illiterate preachers swarm here.

I, 19 Todd, Jonathan, 1713-1791.
to Jared Eliot
1753 March 6A.L.S. 2p.I, 19

East Guilford. Expressing his friendship for his correspondent and asking him to present to Mr. [Benjamin] Franklin, for whom he has the greatest admiration, a few observations written by him while reading Mr. Franklin's ingenious manuscript, entitled "Physical and Meteorological Conjectures, etc."; the pleasure he derived from reading the manuscript; presents these objections merely to have them removed.

XLVIII, 119 Franklin, John, 1690-1756.
to William Franklin, Philadelphia
1753 July 23A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 119

Boston. Letter from John Franklin, brother of Benjamin Franklin, relative to the accounts of Joseph Grant.

I, 29 Mecom, Benjamin.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1754 September 21A.L.S. 2p.I, 29

Antigua. Sends by Mr. House two pots of sweet-meats; if he can get any oranges will send a keg. Describes a hurricane he witnessed on the 13th inst.; a sickly time of year; white people die much faster than usual; describes method they have of announcing the sex of the deceased, by the number of times the bell tolls.

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XLVII, 4.5 Belcher, Jonathan, 1682-1757.
to W[illia]m Bradford
1754 October 29 XLVII, 4.5

Other Descriptive Information: Catalogued 8 May 1975, MDS

XLIX, 38 Smith, William, 1727-1803.
to the Society Entrusted with Monies Collected for the use of Foreign Protestants in Pennsylvania
[1754]A.L.S. 17p.XLIX, 38

Brief remarks on the distressed and unformed state of the foreign Protestants in North America, especially in the Province of Pennsylvania, with an enquiry into the best means of supplying them with instructors and incorporating them with the English in the rising generation. A few remarks on the same subjects by the Archbishop of Canterbury. (Copy.)

I, 31 Timothy, Peter.
to David Hall, Philadelphia
1755 February 6A.L.S. 1p.I, 31

Charleston, [South Carolina]. Concerning the amount of paper received and wanted and payment for the same. Will send Mrs. [Deborah] Franklin a piece of cambric by the next vessel. Begs him to send his whole account, as it stands with Mr. [Benjamin] Franklin.

I, 32 (OS) Timothy, Peter.
to David Hall, Philadelphia
1755 March 5A.L.S. 1p.I, 32 (OS)

Charleston, [South Carolina]. Hopes he has received the £40 sent by Capt. Cony Edwards. Desires him to send his whole account now with Mr. [Benjamin] Franklin. Delay in getting the paper. Would have sent the money, but dollars are scarce in Carolina.

XLVII, 5 Pemberton, Israel, 1715-1779.
to [John] Fothergill
1755A.L.S. 4p.XLVII, 5

Philadelphia. Has received two or three of the scandalous pamphlets which were printed in England and which were styled a "State of the Province"; it alarmed all ranks to find they have some among them so desperately bent on depriving them of their liberties. Assures him that most, if not all, of the pamphlet, is false, and that it tended very much to unite rather than divide the people. When the Governors of Boston and New York were here, on their way to Annapolis to meet General Braddock, Gov. Shirley insisted in B[enjamin] Franklin going with them. He, with difficulty, undertook the journey, though he had scarce perfected the scheme, which some others had projected, for enabling the Assembly to raise money without the Governor's concurrence, and thereby demonstrating their readiness to comply with the demands of the King. The Governor [Robert Hunter Morris] mortified at the success of this scheme. After the Convention, Franklin staid behind the Governor in order to settle a post from Will's Creek to the City. He then had opportunities of frequent conference with the General and thus removed the great prejudices against the Province. The General had been informed that the Province refused to supply him with provisions, carriages, and would not open up a road from the camp to the settlements and that it was supplying the French with provisions, etc. Franklin assured him that the Assembly [of Pennsylvania] voted £5,000 to be laid out in provisions, etc., he refuted the other false charges and everything was arranged to the General's satisfaction. Franklin was unanimously thanked for this by the Assembly. The Governor's message to the Assembly. Asks him to try to obviate the disadvantages that may rise from Friends being misrepresented to the Government. (Copy.)

XLVII, 6 Barrington, William Wildman Barrington, Viscount, 1717-1793.
to Richard Partridge
1756 January 16A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 6

Cavendish Square, [London]. The bill concerning which they had corresponded, will be solely confined to a regiment proposed to be raised in America; the papers he received contain the substance of everything that is intended to be inserted in the Act. (Copy.)

XLVIII, 78 Weyman, William.
to [Deborah] Franklin
1756 January 26A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 78

New York. Asks credit for the enclosed. Requests her to send him eighteen or twenty reams of newspaper by boat and when O'Brien sails to put on board as much more of news and brown paper as she can spare.

XLVII, 7 Paris, Ferdinand John.
to Richard Partridge
1756 August 14L.S. 1p.XLVII, 7

[London]. He presented to His Majesty in Council, two Acts of Assembly passed in Pennsylvania. (1) An Act for dispersing the inhabitants of Nova Scotia imported into this Province, into the several counties of Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester and Lancaster, and make provisions for the same. (2) An Act for regulating the officers and soldiers commissioned and raised by the Governor for the defence of this Province.

I, 45 Bouquet, Henry, 1719-1765.
to [William Denny], Governor of Pennsylvania
1756 December 15A.L.S. 1p.I, 45

Philadelphia. Demanding immediate quarters for General [Daniel] Webb, his two aides-de-camp and one battalion of the Royal American Regiment, also a hospital capable of holding 100 sick.

XLVII, 10 Pemberton, Israel, 1715-1779. Pemberton, James, 1723-1809.
to Rich[ar]d Partridge, Tho[ma]s Jackson, and John Fothergill
1757 January 10L.S. 3p.XLVII, 10

Philadelphia. Proposed friendly conference with the Indians on the Northern frontiers. The Indians they believe will continue peaceable if they are treated with justice and candor. George Croghan has been commissioned to endeavor, with the same measures which succeeded with the Delawares on the Susquehanna, to draw the Ohio Indians to a Conference. Friends freely subscribed a fund to be applied for the obtaining of peace. Due care has been taken on the part of the Proprietors to purchase the land from the Indians and to satisfy them for their titles, etc. Complains of the treatment they received when they offered to contribute towards the expense of regulating the matter after it had been imprudently conducted. The Assembly is preparing a bill for raising £100,000 and a militia bill. (Copy.)

XLVII, 9 Peters, Richard, 1704-1776.
to William Callender and Israel Pemberton
1757 January 25A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 9

Philadelphia. Laid their application, with regard to the inspection of the Council books, before the Governor; the transacting of business with the Indians is a matter so entirely pertaining to the Governor that he cannot permit any one except those who are empowered by the King or himself to mediate with the affairs of that people. Should, however, anything be contained in the minutes that concerns the rights or property of any person, such person, by a proper application, may be furnished with a copy.

XLVIII, 120 Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824.
to William Franklin, New York
1757 [June]A.L.S. 3p.XLVIII, 120

New York. Indian affairs. Governor [Denny] to make a tour of the frontier forts. [William] Pitt [first Earl of Chatham]'s letter to the Governor. Electrical apparatus to be purchased for the [American Philosophical] Society.

XLIX, 40 Norris, Isaac, 1701-1766.
to Geo[rge] Croghan, Easton, Pennsylvania
1757 July 25L. 4p.XLIX, 40

Relative to the troubles they had with the Indians of Pennsylvania about lands purchased from their ancestors.

XLVIII, 121 Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824.
to William Franklin
1758 January 2A.L.S. 4p.XLVIII, 121

Philadelphia. Indian affairs. Pennsylvania politics. Death of William Parsons, of Northampton. Marriage of [William] Moore. Sends respects to Mr. [Benjamin] Franklin.

XLVIII, 79 Mecom, Benjamin.
to [Deborah] Franklin
1758 January 30A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 79

Boston. Received a letter from his brother Ebenezer, the baker, with the money for the bolting cloth, and according to her instructions he sent her the money, after paying his brother John for the spoons she presented them with. Showed Cousin [Jonathan] Williams [Sr.] her letter concerning Mr. [Joseph] Dowse, which he does not understand; asks her to send the amount on a slip of paper, he will deliver it, receive the money and send it to her. Report that Uncle [Benjamin] Franklin was further promoted at home.

XLVIII, 122 Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824.
to William Franklin
1758 March 12-16A.L.S. 4p.XLVIII, 122

Has had no answer to his letters. Indian affairs and Pennsylvania politics.

XLVIII, 80 (OS) Mecom, Benjamin.
to [Deborah] Franklin
1758 April 10A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 80 (OS)

Boston. Acknowledges the receipt of three parcels of papers. Shall be glad if she can replace the ten reams he delivered to [Samuel] Kneeland as he is still about an edition of the psalter and has not enough paper Sorry he cannot pay her now, but promises to send her some money when the pslater is finished. Asks for the price of the smallest and plainest of the Pennsylvania fire places, as he will need one for his office during the winter.

XLVII, 8 Paris, Ferdinand John.
to Richard Partridge
1758 July 6L.S. 1p.XLVII, 8

Surr[e]y Street, [London]. The Proprietaries of Pennsylvania were informed that the papers relating to the charge made by the Indian Teedyuskung were to be laid before his Majesty and his Ministers; it cannot be discovered that the papers were brought in, and he desires to be informed whether the papers have arrived, and whether they are to or when they will be presented to his Majesty.

LXXVIII, 83a Graydon, Alexander. Williams, En..
to the Overseers of the Poor of Southampton Township and to the Overseers of the Poor of Chester Township
1758 October 5A.D.S. 1p.LXXVIII, 83a

Fragment. Requiring the Overseers in Southampton Township to convey John Williams to the Overseers of Chester Township, who are in turn asked to receive and provide for Williams.

XLVII, 11b Spicer, Jacob, 1716-1765.
to William Callender
1758 October 31L.S. 1p.XLVII, 11b

Philadelphia. Had the honor of attending with Governors Bernard and Denny and about fifteen Indian chiefs in a private conference. Some of the Indians disowned making Teedyuskung a great man and asked the Governors whether they did so, leaving it to them to determine. It is clear that Mr. [William] Denny, George Croghan, and Conrad Weiser may esteem it convenient to disclaim Teedyuskung's authority and prevail upon the Indians to do likewise, and thus invalidate his claim in behalf of the Indians for a large quantity of land in Pennsylvania. The possible effects of this plan upon the pacific negotiations. Other results that may follow. Afraid of [William] Shirley, their next Governor, as a military man. (Copy.)

Other Descriptive Information: See also: Callender to Hunt, 8 November 1758; XLVII, 11a.

XLVII, 11a Callender, William.
to John Hunt
1758 November 8L.S. 1p.XLVII, 11a

Philadelphia. The opinion of men of veracity that the intention of the Proprietary's arty in holding treaties with the Indians, is not to settle matters with them on equitable terms but purely to throw matters into confusion in order to excuse themselves from the charges the Indians have made against them, and this at the expense of the people. Thinks it necessary that the superiors at home should be acquainted with the Indian affairs. Hopes that with the information he has, together with Benjamin Franklin's information and understanding, something may be drawn up under the fiive heads. (1) Mismanagement and bad direction of Indian affairs under the influence of Proprietary instruction; (2) the injuries done them; (3) the injustice of the pretended purchase of 1686; (4) injustice of the purchases of 1749-54; (5) remedies to prevent like mischief in the future, and to show, if possible, the necessity of putting the Indian affiair on another footing in every colony. (Copy.)

XLVIII, 81 Davenport, Josiah Franklin.
to Deborah Franklin
1759 March 22A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 81

[Philadelphia]. Sold the house to Mr. Waiscott. Uncle [Dr. Franklin] approved of his selling the house before his return and promised to leave the papers with her. Should be glad if she would look them up as the deed must be executed the following day.

XLVII, 12 Bache, Sarah Franklin, 1743-1808.
to Richard Bache
1759 April 10A.L.S. 6p.XLVII, 12

Preston. Informs him of the great pleasure and joy his letters give. His friend Dick Atherton is very busy, having the front of his house down, and won't have everything arranged again for about twelve months. Thinks she will then be tempted to set her cap at him. Wants to know whether he still plays the flute and whether he would like to have a young whelp which they have for him. Mr. Hornby has been dangerously ill for a fortnight and may not fully recover. Mr. Oliver will be married to the rich, merry widow Lancaster. There is talk of an Assembly commencing for the trade people. Miss Rigby is to be married. Sends him two verses of the conclusion of the book of Habakkak, and a poem on George F[rederick] Handel, Esq., who performed in his celebrated oratorio of The Messia[h].

XLVIII, 82 Hunter, William.
to [Deborah] Franklin
1759 July 22A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 82

Williamsburg, Virginia. He left Mr. [Benjamin] Franklin last April in England perfectly well. Forwards the letter for her which be committed to his care.

XLVIII, 83 Browne, Isaac, 1709-1787.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1759 October 17A.L.S. 6p.XLVIII, 83

Newark, [New Jersey]. Account of his conversation with Mr. Mc-----n, in relation to the ill character attributed to the latter by the Clergy and laity of Boston.

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XLVIII, 84 Homes, William.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1760 January 14A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 84

Boston. Glad she received the inventory. Does not know whether the house was priced at £1,000 or £100 and knows not what his aunt left; she, therefore, has the advantage of him in this. Begs her or Cousin Sally [Franklin] to lay out the enclosed guinea for medicinal snuff to be had at the sign of the Golden Ball in Chestnut Street, and sent it to him.

XLVIII, 85 Franklin, James.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1760 June 10A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 85

Newport, [Rhode Island]. Received the keg of ink for which he sends his thanks and asks how much he is indebted for it. Has engaged with one of the soap boilers for good lye, whenever he shall have occasion to use it. Hopes now to preserve his letter and by a fair print and good character to save the eyesight of his ancient and young customers.

XLVII, 15 Collinson, Thomas.
to [Peter Collinson]
1760 September 10A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 15

London. Letter to his uncle, [Peter Collinson], introducing Mr. Benj[amin] Franklin as a second Prometheus.

XLVII, 14 Brown, Henton.
to Goldney Smith and Company
1760 September 16L.S. 1p.XLVII, 14

London. Recommends Benjamin Franklin and his son, who intend calling at Bristol, and asks if they would supply them with money should they have occasion for some, and place it to his account.

XLVII, 13 Collinson, Peter, 1694-1768.
to Capel Hanbury
1760 September 16A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 13

Recommends his ingenious friends, Mr. [Benjamin] Franklin and his son, and begs him to oblige them with a sight of all his curious operations in Mont Finn.

XLVII, 18.5 Colden, Alexander, 1716-1774.
to Henry Potts
1760 September 23A.L. 2p.XLVII, 18.5

New York. Has been unable to locate in the office any such packet as he mentions nor can be recollect having seen any letter addressed to Mr. Hopley, in fact, he never knew there was such a person in Philadelphia; is particularly careful with letters addressed to the Governor of Pennsylvania. Thinks it impossible that any packet miscarried after it came to his hand. Particular notice will be given to all letters from Mr. Penn, but since he does not know his seal, he would be glad if he addressed his letters under cover to him.

LII, 37 Pennsylvania. Provincial Assembly.
to the Governor [James Hamilton]
1760 October 17D.S. 3p.LII, 37

Message objecting to a new requisition of 400 men for the western forts. Signed: Isaac Norris, Speaker. Attested Copy.

XLVII, 16 Voisin, V..
to [Anne Marie Le Roi]
1761 September 30A.L.S. 4p.XLVII, 16

Courtelary, [Switzerland]. Learned with extreme pleasure of the release and return to her people of his cousin, Anne Marie Le Roi, who was made prisoner with her brother Jean Jacques. Hopes the latter will soon be set free also. Thinks the conquest of Canada or peace which is expected to be made at an early date, will bring about the release of all such prisoners. Speaks of their friends and relatives in Europe; tells about the crops and his own personal affairs and mentions a few local events of importance. (In French.)

L(i), 23 Folger, Timothy, 1732-1814.
to Jeffery Amherst
[1761]A. 2p.L(i), 23

Draft by Benjamin Franklin of letter signed. Memorial in behalf of the inhabitants of the Island of Nantucket, that they may be allowed to settle on the Island of St. John's, to carry on cod and whale fisheries.

XLVII, 17 Hutchinson, Thomas, 1711-1780.
to Richard Jackson, London
1762 February 9A.L.S. 3p.XLVII, 17

Boston. Immediately after the restoration of Charles II, there were many regicides who fled from justice to America, and among them were three of the judges, [Edward] Whalley, [William] Goffe and [John] Dixwell. Orders were given to apprehend them. An account of how and where the first two judges spent their lives. An account of the life of Colonel Dixwell while in New England.

LVIII, 48 Browne, Joseph, 1700-1767.
to Dr. [John] Kelly
1762 February 22Mem. S. 1p.LVIII, 48

Letter from Bowne, vice chancellor of an Oxford University. Offers to confer on [Benjamin] Franklin the degree of D. C. L., Honoris Causâ, whenever he shall be pleased to visit University.

XLVII, 18 Woodham, Charles Somerset.
to Samuel Soumain, Philadelphia
1762 July 22A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 18

Kingston, Jamaica. Reminds him that he has a power of attorney to recover some of his plate in the hands of Mr. [Benjamin] Franklin. Wants to know whether he got the plate and whether Mr. Franklin obliged him to pay what he said was coming to him from Mr. Daniels's estate. Hopes that if he advanced the money he made Franklin make path to his debt, as otherwise he cannot charge it to Mr. Daniels's estate. Asks him to send an account current, that he may see what balance is due Soumain.

LII, 39 Committee Appointed to Attend the Indian Treaties.
to the Assembly of Pennsylvania
1762 September 24D. 7p.LII, 39

Report of the Committee, composeed of Joseph Fox, Joseph Galloway, John Hughes, Edw[ard] Penington and Sam[ue]l Rhoads, to the House, relative to the Indian treaties. (Conclusion lacking.)

XLVII, 19a Kelly, John.
to W[illiam] S[trahan]
1763 February 11A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 19a

Oxford. Met, at Abington, Mr. Strahan's son. Dr. [William] Smith was lately at Oxford collecting for his Academy and having been questioned concerning a letter he promised to write to the President of St. John's, in the presence of Mr. Strahan and others, which letter was to retract the imputations of a former letter against Dr. Franklin, he denied the whole and even treated it as a calumny. Thinks him extremely unworthy of the honor he received from their University. (Copy.)

XLVII, 19b Strahan, William (1715-1785).
to Dr. [John] Kelly
1763 FebruaryL.S. 1p.XLVII, 19b

[London]. Asserts that Dr. Smith and Dr. Franklin met at his house and in his presence read over his letter to Dr. Fry. Dr. Smith acknowledged it contained many particulars in which he had been misled by wrong information. Promised to Contradict what was false in it. Dr. Smith declined writing the letter at his house but promised to bring it in a day or two and show it to him before he sent it, which he has never yet thought fit to do. In duplicate (See also: XLVII, 20).

XLVII, 20 Strahan, William (1715-1785).
to Dr. [John] Kelly
1763 FebruaryL.S. 1p.XLVII, 20

[London]. Asserts that Dr. Smith and Dr. Franklin met at his house and in his presence read over his letter to Dr. Fry. Dr. Smith acknowledged it contained many particulars in which he had been misled by wrong information. Promised to Contradict what was false in it. Dr. Smith declined writing the letter at his house but promised to bring it in a day or two and show it to him before he sent it, which he has never yet thought fit to do. In duplicate (See also: XLVII, 19b).

LII, 44 Freeholders within the Township of Bergen.
to the House of Representatives of New Jersey
1763 May 31D.S. 4p.LII, 44

Petition relative to the division of the common lands of the town. Attested copy. Signed: W[illia]m Bayard, et al.

XLVIII, 86 Salt, Sarah Tiler.
to [Deborah] Franklin
1763 July 20A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 86

[Birmingham]. Thanks her for the picture she sent her daughter. Shall be glad to hear of Mr. [Benjamin] Franklin's safe arrival at home.

XLVII, 21 McKinney, Margaret.
to Robert Dunn, Forks of the Brandywine, Chester County [Pennsylvania]
1764 September 20A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 21

Galvely. Informs him that she never received the money which he wrote his father he sent. If he wishes her to come over to him with his daughter, he should send her money for the passage, but if not, he should send money for his daughter's schooling.

XLVII, 22 Fauquier, Francis.
to Edward Sedg(e)wick
1764 November 15L. 1p.XLVII, 22

Williamsburg, [Virginia]. Fauquier, the lieutenant governor of Virginia, has made inquiries about the de Graffenried family; one of that name in the colony, who left a son now living on land inherited from his father. Has been notified to bring the necessary documents to prove his birth and parentage. Will see that necessary certificates be forwarded to Mr. Sedg(e)wick. (Translation in French.)

XLVII, 23 McCarthy, Dennis.
to Ann Corkeran, Charlestown, Cecil County, Maryland
1764 November 27A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 23

Ship Jamaica at Salem, Massachusetts. His ship is stationed at the place for two more years; desires an account of everything that happened to her since their last meeting.

XLIX, 19 Stiles, Ezra, 1727-1795.
to Sieur Lomonozow
1765 February 14L.S. 4p.XLIX, 19

Newport, Rhode Island. Expressing satisfaction that the Arctic regions are to be explored anew, and incidentally giving his ideas of polar regions.

XLVIII, 87 Carter, Robert.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1765 February 19A.L.S. 3p.XLVIII, 87

New Providence. Did not go to England because he could not accomplish his affairs in time to have accompanied Mr. John Gambier, but hopes to take passage with his daughter the coming summer. Mr. Gambier arrived from thence in December last with a commission of Lieutenant-Governor of the Bahama Islands, which is a step towards the Government in case of a vacancy. Presumes Dr. Franklin's business will occasion him to stay for some time in England, in which case he hopes to see him and Miss Sally [Franklin] in London.

XLVIII, 88 Wright, Susanna, 1697-1784.
to [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1765 April 4A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 88

[Susquehanna]. Received Sally [Franklin]'s note and was glad to hear of Dr. Franklin's safe arrival in England. Desires Sally to favor them, from time to time, with news of her papa.

XLVII, 24 McFerran, Robert.
to John McFerran, Brandywine, Chester County [Pennsylvania]
1765 May 3A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 24

Belly Keell. Brother James' son gone to the West Indies. Sorry to hear that his (John's) son Matthew is guilty of many vices, and is at present in prison for stealing a horse.

XLVII, 25 Ross, William.
to John Ross
1765 June 6A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 25

County Travmanagh. Brother James ill. No inducements for him to remain in his country. Price of food.

XLVIII, 89 Parker, James, 1714-1770.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1765 June 25A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 89

Burlington. Sends her £93 on account of what he owes Mr. [Benjamin] Franklin. Is obliged to return immediately home, in the service of the Government.

Access digital object:

XLVIII, 90 Parker, James, 1714-1770.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1765 June 26A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 90

Burlington. Gave Mr. William Logan £93 which he promises to deliver to her.

XLVII, 26 Stevenson, James.
to James Stevenson [Jr.], West Collin Township, Chester County, [Pennsylvania]
1765 July 14A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 26

Ardnabroky. Would give his mother great pleasure to see him if he could come home. Wants to be informed of what things he may be in need of.

XLVII, 26.5 Mendes da Costa, Emanuel, 1717-1791.
to Earl of Morton
1765 August 1A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 26.5

Draft of a letter discussing Mr. Canton's experiments and the conmittee, with Franklin in attendence, convened to examine them.

XLVII, 27 (OS) Anderson, William.
to Edward Lloyd, Wye, Maryland
1765 August 9A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 27 (OS)

London. Lord Baltimore has appointed John Jordan his Agent; reported that his manors are not properly taken care of. Advises him to have all his accounts prepared lest Jordan should have directions to examine them. Has heard that Jordan said Mr. Lloyd was greatly indebted to Lord Baltimore and that he could not get the money. Jordan's compensations. Advises him to send his crop of wheat and corn to Cadiz where it will bring a good price on account of the crop-failure there.

XLVII, 28 Dorsey, Benjamin.
to Thomas Gassaway Howard
1765 September 6A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 28

Philadelphia. Asks him to send the money due him, as he is in great need of it.

I, 159 Wharton, Samuel, 1732-1800.
to Governor William Franklin, [Burlington]
1765 September 29A.L.S. 4p.I, 159

Enclosing a most impudent libel, calculated for their election day, wherein extraordinary charges are brought against Gov. Franklin and his father; this scurrilous performance read by James Biddle, a pitiful and low attorney, at the Lodge to a collection of people gathered by the Proprietary agents; rumored that Governor [John] Penn was the first to pull off his hat and hurrah; suggests that the Governor write him a letter on the subject; "that veteran in iniquity, [William] Smith," undoubtedly the father of this libel; accusations against Governor Franklin; best means of refuting them. Has had a violent fever. Expects a warm and bloody election, as the Proprietary party are inflaming the low; drunken Dutch who surround the city. Afraid their friend [Joseph] Galloway will not be elected, as a silly objection to lawyers prevails among the ignorant masses. Trusts that Dr. Franklin has presented the petition.

LII, 52 Hughes, John, 1711-1772.
to the Citizens of Philadelphia
1765 October 7L.S. 2p.LII, 52

Declaration that, in accordance with their demand, he would not put the Stamp Act into immediate execution in Pennsylvania or Delaware. Copy.

XLVII, 29 Fauquier, Francis.
to John Larpent
1765 October 8L. 1p.XLVII, 29

Williamsburg, [Virginia]. Received some time ago, from Mr. [Edward] Sedgwick of the Country Office of Halifax, a memoir concerning the de Graffenried family. Has since seen the Mr. Ischarner de Graffenried referred to; is a man of repute and a Justice of the Peace; as to the marriage of his parents; he has gone to Charlestown, in Carolina, to get the legal proof; he is going to send to Switzerland proof of his claim to an estate there. (Translation in French.)

XLVIII, 91 Grace, Robert, 1709-1766.
to [Deborah] Franklin
1765 October 12A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 91

Dr. Bond has sued him for an account of long standing, amounting to £40. The expense of building and provisions this summer has taken up all his cash, and therefore he begs her to assist him. Must be in town in a week or two to pay off that account, otherwise there will be further cost.

I, 170 (OS) Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803.
to Governor William Franklin, Burlington
1765 November 14A.L.S. 3p.I, 170 (OS)

Philadelphia. On returning home, found the city of Philadelphia in great commotion, the merchants having signed an agreement not to send for any European goods unless the Stamp Act is repealed. At the invitation of Charles Thomson, about 200 people met at the State House; it was proposed that all public officers should do business on common paper; meeting broke up finally without effecting anything; is making every effort to dissuade their friends from joining in these violent measures, which will effectually preclude any favors being shown them by a new Government. Account of their friend [John] H[ughes] being hung in effigy in the Jersey Market; heard there was a like design against Dr. Frankiln; precautionary measures will be taken. A meeting called among their friends to preserve the peace of the city, several of the White Oaks and Hearts of Oaks present; determined to defend J[ohn] Hughes at all costs. Lord Colvil[le]'s order to all men of war under his command, to seize every vessel cleared out after November 1st, without stamp paper.

LVII, 5 (OS) Philadelphia (Pa.). Merchants and Traders.
to the Merchants and Manufacturers of London, Bristol, and Liverpool
1765 November 23L. 3p. and D. 15 p.LVII, 5 (OS)

Philadelphia. Memorial asking them to use their influence to have the Stamp Act repealed and other grievances redressed. (Copy.)

LII, 53 (OS) Philadelphia (Pa.). Merchants and Traders.
to the Merchants of London, Bristol, and Liverpool
1765 November 28L. 3p.LII, 53 (OS)

Philadelphia. Writing against the Stamp Act.

XLVII, 30 Goddard, William, 1740-1817.
to [James] Parker
1765 December 13L. 2p.XLVII, 30

New York. The Governor [Cadwallader Colden] took the oath required by the Stamp Act and refuses to give his let-pass to vessels outward bound with a certificate that no stamps are to be had. Hopes this will cause the destruction of the stamps. Reported that Lord Colvil[le] says all "vessels found without stamps ought to be stopt." Captain [Archibald] Kennedy desires that no vessel proceed to sea till accounts are received from home, notwithstanding many vessels are preparing for departure and small vessels come and go, and the Custom House clears as usual. (Copy.)

L(ii), 55 Glover, John. Trecothick, Barlow, 1720-1775.
to the Secretary of War [Welbore Ellis]
[1765]A.L. in 3d P. 1p.L(ii), 55

Requests half an hour's audience on the Mutiny Bill, at ten o'clock or such other time as is more convenient to him. Draft by Benjamin Franklin.

XL, 77 Wright, Susanna, 1697-1784.
to [Deborah] Franklin
[1765]A.L.S. 1p.XL, 77

Sunday. Acknowledging her letter and sending her a present of apples and pickled salmon.

XLVII, 31 Parker, James, 1714-1770.
to Messrs. Hamilton and Balfour, Edinburgh
1766 January 3A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 31

New Jersey. Had left his business when the first parcel of books arrived, but inas much as they were sent on Dr. Franklin's recommendation, he could not refuse them. Will go to New York and account for the books sold and the remainder he will send wherever they desire.

XLVIII, 92 Holt, John, 1721-1784.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1766 February 15A.L.S. 6p.XLVIII, 92

New York. Will send a few bushels of apples, if desired. Extract of a letter from Dr. Franklin to Mr. [John] Hughes he published in the newspaper of October 10, 1765. The commotion in New York over the purchase of stamped paper. Wishes Mrs. Franklin would try to persuade Mr. [John] Hughes to make absolute renunciation of the Stamp office, as the Stamp Act will never go into effect in America.

XLVII, 32 Baynton, Wharton, and Morgan (Philadelphia, Pa.).
to Thomas Gage
1766 March 7A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 32

Philadelphia. Received a letter from Captain [Robert] Callender, the contents of which have greatly distressed them, as their property is again in jeopardy and a base confederacy formed to hinder them from prosecuting their rade with the natives; assure him that they dare not move their property either to or from Fort Pitt unless he is pleased to give them an escort, and lodge a party of men in Justice [William] Smith's neighborhood.

XLVII, 33 Callender, Robert.
to Messrs. Baynton, Wharton and Morgan
1766 March 13A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 33

Lancaster. Notwithstanding the Black boys' promise not to attack the goods, it will not be safe to move them without an escort as far as Bedford. Goods lying in Conegocheague may be safe, but will not move any of them until he hears from them.

XLVIII, 93 Smith, Robert.
to [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1766 April 25A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 93

Philadelphia. Relative to the indebtedness of Barnabas Neaves, one of her tenants.

XLVII, 34 Clarkson, Matthew, 1733-1800. Hillegas, Michael, 1729-1804.
to John Hall
1766 April 26A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 34

Philadelphia. Location of a tract of land they are interested in. Requests him a survey and make observations on the situation, appearance and quality of the land, and to observe a spot fit for a town either on Vashademoick or St. John's River.

XLVIII, 123 Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803.
to William Franklin
1766 April 29A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 123

Repeal of the Stamp Act. Dr. [John] Fothergill's and Mr. [George] Whitefield's account of Dr. Franklin's examination before the House of Commons. Emblematical representation of Great Britain dismembered.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VII, 311).

XLVIII, 94 Hussey, Christopher.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1766 August 27A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 94

Nantucket. Solicits her care of his son, Albert, who is sent to Philadelphia to have the small-pox by inoculation.

XLVIII, 95 Folger, Timothy, 1732-1814.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1766 September 1A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 95

Nantucket. Sends a bundle of codfish.

XLVIII, 124 James, Abel.
to William Franklin
1766 September 1A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 124

Philadelphia. Correction of a bill. Will meet Friend Worsam at the dock, with the carriage. Local politics. Family affairs.

XLII, 4 Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803.
to William Franklin
1766 September 13A.L.S. 11p.XLII, 4

Asks advice as to publishing an article to show that he had been a uniform supporter of the repeal of the Stamp Act.

XLVIII, 125 Davenport, Josiah Franklin.
to William Franklin
1766 October 3A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 125

Burlington. News of the election. Remarks of Luke Morris and Captain Haselton.

XLVIII, 126 Davenport, Josiah Franklin.
to William Franklin
1766 October 5A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 126

Account of election disputes.

XLVIII, 96 Parker, James, 1714-1770.
to [Deborah Franklin], Philadelphia
1766 November 21A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 96

New York. Would be glad to receive a Bake-stone from Philadelphia, as none can be obtained in New York.

XLVIII, 97 Hussey, Christopher.
to Deborah Franklin
1766 December 2A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 97

Nantucket. His son, Albert, just arrived from Philadelphia. Is grateful for the good care he received while there. Will send payment by Captain Starbuck.

XLVIII, 127 Evans, Cadwalader.
to William Franklin, Burlington
1766 December 7A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 127

Philadelphia. Sends a packet received from Mr. [Joseph] Galloway. Political affairs. Dr. Franklin in London.

XLVIII, 98 Parker, James, 1714-1770.
to [Deborah Franklin]
1766 December 8A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 98

New York. Has not money enough to buy wood or meat. His newspaper [The New York Gazette] is a failure and his credit is low. Does not like Gilbert Tennent; thinks him a fortune-hunter.

XLVIII, 128 Baynton, Wharton, and Morgan (Philadelphia, Pa.).
to William Franklin
1766 December 10L.S. 3p.XLVIII, 128

Burlington, [New Jersey]. Request him to secure the aid of his father in procuring a loan for them to assist in carrying on the peltry and fur trade. (Copy.)

XLVIII, 99 Parker, James, 1714-1770.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1766 December 12A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 99

New York. His son got home; his health recovered. Wants one of Dr. Franklin's sliding irons for his fire place. Will remit the first money he gets.

LVI(i), 10 Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803.
to W[illiam] Franklin, Burlington
1766 December 17A.L.S. 1p.LVI(i), 10

Has had to condemn the conduct of Abel James. He has lost all credit with his friends.

XLVII, 37 Finlay, Hugh, 1732-1801.
to [Chief Justice] William Hey
1766 December 19L.S. 2p.XLVII, 37

Quebec Post Office. Continual complaints from postmen; would like to be informed when he may expect a reply to his petition concerning the regulation of the public post, that he may inform the people. Mr. Finlay's plan for delivering and collecting mail; the public complain that there is no way of carrying on a correspondence with the parishes on the River Sorrel, and states that his complaint would be removed by his plan. (Copy.)

LVIII, 36 Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803.
to [William Franklin]
1766 December 21A.L. 2p.LVIII, 36

Philadelphia. Has had a letter from Dr. Franklin concerning the change of the Ministry, and he has sent him a Plan for a General Currency it America, and his humorous petition relative to the Act for sending felons to America. (Conclusion missing.)

Other Descriptive Information: For signature of letter, see LXXVIII, 43.

LXXVIII, 43 Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803.
to [William Franklin]
1766 December 21A.L.S. 1p.LXXVIII, 43

Fragment. SIgnature only. For rest of letter see, LVIII, 36.

XLVIII, 100 Parker, James, 1714-1770.
to [Deborah] Franklin
1766 December 22A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 100

New York. Encloses £7 5 s. Has not been able to obtain any more. His family go in rags.

XLVIII, 129 Wharton, Samuel, 1732-1800.
to William Franklin
1766 December 27A.L.S. 4p.XLVIII, 129

New York. Indian losses. Grant of land. Conversation with General Gags Grossip from London in regard to Dr. Franklin.

XLVIII, 130 Wharton, Samuel, 1732-1800.
to William Franklin, Burlington
1766 DecemberA.L.S. 3p.XLVIII, 130

New York. Paper currency about to be established in New York. Dr. McLean [Lauchlan Maclane], who formerly lived in Philadelphia, appointed one of the under-secretaries to Lord Shelburne.

LVIII, 138 Unidentified.
to Governor [William] Franklin
[1766]A.L. 4p.LVIII, 138

Acknowledging the extracts quoted from Dr. Franklin's last letter showing his interest in the two projects, the settlement at the Illinois and restitution for the Indian losses. Intends writing to Sir William Johnson regarding this matter. Doctor L[auchlan] Maclane appointed Secretary to Lord Shelburne. Incomplete.

Other Descriptive Information: Freeman #2773

XLVIII, 131 Evans, Cadwalader.
to William Franklin
1767 February 10A.L.S. 4p.XLVIII, 131

Philadelphia. Prescription for Mrs. [Elizabeth] Franklin. Pennsylvania politics. Clash over the circuit bill. The Assembly still sitting, and when employed about merely private bills the majority was oftenest on the side of a certain Chief Justice [William Allen], and he often felicitated himself on the harmony that subsisted, but when supplies came to be considered and officers to be named in bills he appeared the same greasy, vociferous, gormandising giant he ever was, and as great a majority as ever coalesced and were as firm as G[eorge] Ashbridge against him. It is asserted that Alison, Ewing and several of that sort have had two or three meetings to consult what was to be done on behalf of Bradford and their ultimate resolution that he had better disregard whatever was said of him by ye lover of Justice and treat it with silent contempt. Mr. James sends a collar of Brawn to Mrs. Franklin.

XLVII, 38 Finlay, Hugh, 1732-1801.
to James Potts, Clerk of the Council
1767 February 20L. 1p.XLVII, 38

Quebec Post Office. Petitioned the Governor and Council to strengthen the power vested in him that he may meet no difficulty in regulating the postmen; annexed a plan to his petition; has not received a copy of the reply from the Committee to whom it was referred. (Copy.)

XLVIII, 132 Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803.
to William Franklin, Burlington
1767 February 20A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 132

Philadelphia. Failure of the Governor of Pennsylvania to pass the circuit bill. The transaction explained in Goddard's paper. Letters from Dr. Franklin.

XLVII, 39 Finlay, Hugh, 1732-1801.
to James Goldfrap, Secretary to the Province of Quebec
1767 February 21L.S. 2p.XLVII, 39

Quebec Post Office. Necessary to inform the Postmasters-General, immediately, of the reasons why he cannot obey their orders; begs him to lay General Carleton's commands on him in writing. Mr. [William] Hey, the Chief Justice, informed him that the Governor and Council did not choose to give any orders concerning the posts; the Acts of Parliament in force; his instructions from the Postmasters-General and an ordinance passed in the Province were very good rules for him to walk by. Begs to have His Excellency's commands in writing, that he may account to his superiors. (Copy.)

XLVII, 40 Goldfrap, James.
to Hugh Finlay
1767 February 22L.S. 1p.XLVII, 40

Quebec. His advertisements in the Quebec Gazette disapproved of by the Lieutenant-Governor, who was a good deal surprised that he should urge him to give his message in writing; that he doubts his being warrented by orders from the Postmasters-General to assume a legislative style, and desires to know why they were not communicated to the Government. Commands him to bring the said orders to him in Council tomorrow. (Copy.)

XLVII, 41 Smith, Robert.
to Samuel Rhoads, Philadelphia
1767 March 30A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 41

Philadelphia. Asks if he could put him in a way of getting £50 or £60 on account of Benjamin Franklin; is in great need of money and is uncertain when Mr. Franklin will return. Has received £446 at various times, and Mr. Franklin lent him £200 before there was so much due. According to his estimates he may need £780 for materials for his house.

XLVIII, 101 Parker, James, 1714-1770.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1767 May 15A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 101

New York. Sends a psalm book and the money for the Franklin. Is only agent for Mr. Smith's Burlington History ["History of the Colony of Nova Caesaria, or New Jersey, by Samuel Smith," printed at Burlington by James Parker] but will send one if desired.

XLVIII, 133 (OS) James, Abel.
to William Franklin
1767 May 16A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 133 (OS)

Philadelphia. Relative to the affairs of Tench Francis.

XLVII, 148 Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, 1721-1792.
to Lord Chatham
1767 June 30L.S. 2p.XLVII, 148

Has been informed that Lord Clive in on his return from India and that in a little time he will have a successor in the command of the troops. Recommends Major-General [John] Beckwith, a man of a open, incorruptible, just and humane character, as Lord Clive's successor. General Beckwith as a military leader. Copy and translation.

XLVII, 35 Peabody, Francis.
to John Hall, Philadelphia
1767 August 16A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 35

Halifax, [Pennsylvania]. Governor and Council have voted the stream to Colonel Glazier, Captain Gould, Mr. [John] Hall and himself, and also gave them two thousand acres of land for an encouragement for building and carrying on their iron works; the stream better than he expected for situation and bigness. Success of grain raising. Sorry he did not come over, as they want him for Justice of the Peace. Death of Mr. Burpy.

II, 90 Parker, James, 1714-1770.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1767 August 26A.L.S. 1p.II, 90

New York. Sorry for the failure in the matter of sending the lobsters; pains and money he expended; could not procure suitable pots; claim of the woman who makes them that Franklin owes her for a pot made for him when he first went to London.

XLVIII, 134 Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803.
to William Franklin
1767 September 6A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 134

Burlington. Relative to the financial affairs of B[aynton], W[harton] and M[organ]. S[amuel] W[harton] may be sent to the Indian country, though sorely needed to manage his business at home, with Sir W[illiam] J[ohnson] and Mr.[George] C[roghan].

XLVIII, 102 Peyton, John.
to [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1767 September 10A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 102

London. Had a fine passage of only five weeks, and made Dr. Franklin and Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson happy with her favors. Sends his compliments to Mr. [Richard] Bache [upon his marriage].

XLVIII, 103 Franklin, William, 1731-1813.
to [Deborah Franklin], Philadelphia
1767 September 12A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 103

Burlington. The packet from his father had enclosed a letter for her. His father had not then heard of Mr. [Richard] Bache's misfortune. He acquaints him that he has left his consent to Sally [Franklin]'s marriage entirely to his wife.

XLVII, 36 Morris, Charles.
to John Hall
1767 October 10A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 36

Halifax, [Pennsylvania]. The Governor will grant the land adjoining Maugerville, where there is a fine stream of water and plenty of iron ore, to Captain [Francis] Peabody, Colonel Glazier. Mr. Gould (Private Secretary to the Governor) and Mr. [John] Hall, on condition that they erect a bloomary. Proposes to give all the unoccupied land to industrious persons or certain conditions.

Other Descriptive Information: See also: Peabody to Hall, 16 August 1767; XLVII, 35.

LXVIII, 49 Collinson, Peter, 1694-1768.
to Daniel Solander
[1767] October 17L.S. 1p.LXVIII, 49

Inviting Solander to a dinner party with Franklin. Friday or Saturday is most convenient.

LXVI, 8 Hall, David, 1714-1772.
to James West
1767 October 21D.S. 2p.LXVI, 8

Power of attorney between David Hall of Lewes and James West of Alscot, England.

XLVII, 42 Eagleson, Jonathan.
to [Francis] Alison, Philadelphia
1767 October 23A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 42

Halifax, [Pennsylvania]. Should those who are proprietors, and incline to settle townships, exert themselves, they must in a few years reap the advantage. Either by not considering their difficulties or being unwilling to be at what they think a too great expense in enabling them to subsist for some time, they run the risk of losing all or hurting the settlement of the Colony. An instance of that sort which occurred to settlers destined for Potitwodiac, the property of Dr. [William] Smith and Co. (Copy.)

XLVIII, 104 Bache, Theophylact, 1735-1807.
to [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1767 November 12A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 104

New York. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bache to return home as soon as their friends permit. Has sent Mrs. Franklin a box of lobsters and a barrel of nuts.

XLVII, 43 Franklin, William, 1731-1813.
to Cadwalader Evans
1768 January 23A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 43

Is obliged for the account of the two new [American] Philosophical Societies; but the printed proposals, to which he was referred, were not sent. Is at a loss to know with what propriety they can talk of reviving the old Society begun by his father. The papers, etc., were, and he thinks are now, in possession of his father. Thinks they should have summoned a meeting of all the old members and consulted them. Questions whether any of the persons who met to revive it were ever members, except Dr. [Thomas] Bond and [Samuel] Rhoads. Thinks their scheme of calling this a revival of the old [American Philosophical] Society is to induce his father to countenance it or, by using his name, to engage his old friends and connections to join them, The bait won't take with him, and he is glad it has not with Dr. Evans.

LVIII, 52 Evans, Cadwalader.
to William Franklin
1768 January 25A.L. 4p.LVIII, 52

Philadelphia. The old difference between Dr. [John] Morgan and Dr. [William] Shippen. The former began to form a Medical Society and invited all the faculty to join except both the Shippens. He and some others did not acquiesce as they thought it would imply that the Shippens were unfit to be members and might be a real injury to them. Dr. [Thomas] Bond then endeavored to revive the [American Philosophical] Society. He broached the scheme to several and a plan was fixed and they held a meeting, at which were present Dr. Bond, the two Shippens, [William] Smith, [Francis] Alison, [John] Ewing, and Sam[uel] R[h]oads, at Byrnes's to elect a President and other officers. Was told that Dr. Franklin was to be President and Smith or Ewing Secretary, and they balloted in Governor [John] Penn and between twenty or thirty others. He was not there because he did not like the company. Some of the members of the young Junto [The American Society held at Philadelphia for Promoting Useful Knowledge] have met every Friday night for two or three years past. All the Trustees of the College [of Philadelphia] are included in the twenty five or thirty balloted in by Dr. Bond, but he is persuaded that they desire to avail themselves of their assistance to increase the reputation of the College. He would rather stand alone than join them, because it is preposterous to associate in philosophical disquisitions, which require the utmost precision and veracity, with [William] Smith, [Francis] Alison, [John] Ewing, and [Hugh] Williamson, whom they know have stuck at no lies to injure them. The Assembly is puzzled what to do with the Dutchman who killed the Indians below Shamokin. The young Junto, ever since last September, have been fabricating a plan to forward their design and several of our friends are disposed in favor it, but Edmund Physic[k], a proprietary officer, and some other of the company are rather for junction. (Incomplete and mutilated.)

XLVIII, 105 Hunter, William.
to [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1768 February 12A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 105

Poquoson. Asks that a Latin grammar may be sent him; may be got at the College [of Philadelphia].

XLVII, 44 Rice, John.
to [William] Cummings
1768 February 12A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 44

Informed by friends that there are opportunities in America for those capable of instructing in the English language. Has many reasons for wishing to be employed there. Begs him to converse with Dr. Franklin on this subject.

XLIX, 39 A Portugal Merchant.
to the Printer of the London Chronicle
1768 March 10A.L.S. 6p.XLIX, 39

Lisbon. Resents the charges made by F. + S. that the American people were forbidden the advantage of a direct importation of wine, oil and fruit, from Portugal, but must first take them to England, and thus cost them 30 per cent. more than oterwise, merely that a few Portugal merchants in London may gain a commission on goods going through their hands. Claims that this is due to an Act passed by the British Parliament forbidding them to send any fruit, oil or figs to the Colonies without first being unloaded in England. Sentiments of the Portugal merchants concerning the above Acts of Parliament.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in V. Crane (ed.), Benjamin Franklin Letters to the Press, no. 58. For manuscript copy, see: L(i), 9.

XLVIII, 135 Franklin, William, 1731-1813.
to the Commissioners of the Customs at Boston
1768 March 29 - 1769 April 104 p.XLVIII, 135

Extracts from seven letters relative to complaints of Mrs. [John] Hatton, Collector [of the Customs] at Salem, New Jersey, against the officers of the Province. Copy.

XLVII, 45 Coffin, Keziah Folger, 1723-1798.
to Jane Mecom, Boston
1768 August 6A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 45

Nantucket. News that their vessel is lost is confirmed. Asks her to write to her brother, Benjamin Franklin, on behalf of Cousin [Timothy] Folger, that, by his influence, he may obtain any commission he shall ask for.

LII, 64 Boston (Mass.). Selectmen.
to Governor Francis Bernard
1769 February 16L. 3p.LII, 64

Boston. Relative to the uncertain state of public affairs, and to the presence of troops in Boston. Accompanied by the reply of the Governor, dated February 18. (Copy.)

II, 165 Parker, James, 1714-1770.
to James Balfour, [Edinburgh]
1769 March 4A.L.S. 2p.II, 165

New York. Has been in a sick bed for the past two months. Will send him the money he sold the remaining books for; impossibility of getting from [John] Holt what he owes for them. Thinks he (Parker) deserves pity more than blame.

XLVIII, 106 Parker, James, 1714-1770.
to [Deborah Franklin]
1769 March 8A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 106

New York. His financial and physical troubles. Has sent a bushel and a half of nuts to Franklin.

XLVIII, 136 Temple, John, Sir, 1732-1798.
to W[illiam] F[ranklin]
1769 April 6L. 2p.XLVIII, 136

Boston. Relative to the complaints of Mr. [John] Hatton. Postscript referring to the charges of the Commissioners of Customs against the Post Office and packet boats of America, and Dr. Franklin's report thereon. (Copy.)

Access digital object:

LII, 65 (OS) Philadelphia (Pa.). Committee of Merchants.
to A Committee of Merchants of London
1769 April 8L.S. 4p.LII, 65 (OS)

Philadelphia. Memorial against Great Britain's revenue policy. Signed Daniel Benezet, et al.

XLVII, 47 Monier, Jonathan.
to James Parker
1769 May 1A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 47

Albany. Sends him a key for the mails form Albany to New York; safety of the mails from Albany to Canada.

Access digital object:

XLVIII, 107 Parker, James, 1714-1770.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1769 May 9A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 107

New York. Has not heard from Dr. Franklin for a great while. Is well but still weak.

XLVIII, 137 Hughes, John, 1711-1772.
to William Franklin
1769 June 11L. 1p.XLVIII, 137

Walnut Grove. Expresses thanks for congratulations of Dr. Franklin and his son on something done in his favor. Reflections on resentments in which he was deeply concerned. Will always be loyal to his King. (Copy.)

XLVIII, 108 Folger, Timothy, 1732-1814.
to [Deborah Franklin]
1769 July 5A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 108

Nantucket. Sends a bundle of fish, by Captain Joshua Bunker. Saw Dr. Franklin at London frequently during the last winter.

XLVII, 48 Payne, James.
to Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson, London
1769 August 10A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 48

Brackley. Financial distress of Mrs. [Hannah] Walker's family. Thanks Dr. Franklin for paying to his order £5 for Walker's bread. Asks her to request Dr. Franklin for some small annual bounty for Mrs. Walker.

LXIX, 76 Collas, Jane Mecom, 1745-1802.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1769 September 14A.L.S. 1p.LXIX, 76

Boston. Is about to set out for Philadelphia.

Access digital object:

XLVIII, 110 Hughes, John, 1711-1772.
to Deborah Franklin
1769 September 19A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 110

Portsmouth. Sends respects to the family. Greeted Mrs. [Jane] Mecom in Boston. Was well received, on account of Dr. Franklin, by Jonathan Williams [Sr.], Mr. [Tuthill] Hubbart and Mr. Mecom.

II, 197 Bayard, William, 1729-1804.
to William Franklin, [Burlington]
1769 October 18A.L.S. 4p.II, 197

On board the ship Brittania. His sudden departure for England in some measure owing to the unhappy determination of the late Board of Commissioners at New York. If he returns safely, is determined to pass his remaining days in New Jersey. Asks for a letter to his worthy father or to any of his acquaintances in London. Concerning various petitions relative to the Secaucus Commission. Offers his services on the other side to the Governor or the Assembly. His house in New York always open to the Governor and his wife.

LII, 77 (OS) Georgia (Colony). Commons House of Assembly.
to James Wright
1769 November 16D.S. 3p.LII, 77 (OS)

Praying that writs of election be issued for the choice of representatives from the parishes of St. David, St. Patrick, St. Thomas, and St. Mary. Accompanied by the reply of Governor Wright that he had not the authority. Attested copy.

XLVII, 46 Waln, Robert.
to Nathaniel Falconer
1769 November 27A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 46

Philadelphia. In reference to the collection of a bill from Francis Mynock, of London, for £720.

XLVII, 49 Chevalier, Jonathan. Chevalier, Peter.
to Nath[anie]l Falconer, London
1769 December 11A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 49

Philadelphia. Requested Messrs. Mildred and Roberts to pay to him whatever balance may be due to them.

LVIII, 13 Unidentified.
to [James] Parker
[1769]5 p.LVIII, 13

Instructions as to the arrangement of papers referring to Post office business in Canada.

LVI(i), 48 Franklin, William, 1731-1813.
to [William Bayard]
[1770 March]L. 1p.LVI(i), 48

Relative to the Secaucus affair. (Incomplete.)

XLVIII, 111 Parker, James, 1714-1770.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1770 April 18A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 111

New York. Sends £20. Health is very poor.

XLVIII, 112 Parker, James, 1714-1770.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1770 April 24A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 112

New York. Personal affairs. His son has no talent for a news-man and so will stay in the country. Acquittal of Lewis Jones, accused of counterfeiting.

LVIII, 39 Johnson, William, 1715-1774.
to the Earl of Hillsborough
1770 August 14L. 1p.LVIII, 39

Relative to the disorders arising from the sale of intoxicating liquors to the Indains.

XLVIII, 116 Franklin, Elizabeth Downes.
to [Deborah Franklin]
[1770] September 22A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 116

Burlington. Concerning Mrs. [Richard] Bache's baby. Encloses the copy of Miss Evans' letter.

XLVII, 50 McClurg, John.
to ----- Norton, London
1770 October 18A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 50

Paris. Requests him to ask Dr. Franklin for letters of introduction for him.

LVII, 39 Bayard, William, 1729-1804.
to William Franklin, Governor of New Jersey
1770L.S. 3p.LVII, 39

Petition protesting against a bill to be introduced in the Legislature to decide the ownership of a tract of land, called Sikakus [Secaucus], laimed by the petitioner and for which a suit is pending before the Supreme Court of the Colony.

LXXVII, 6 (OS) Philadelphia (Pa.). Merchants and Traders.
to the Merchants and Manufacturers of Great Britain
[1770]D. 3p.LXXVII, 6 (OS)

Printed; Incomplete. Requests the repeal of the oppressive acts on the colonials. Enclosed originally in letter to Benjamin Franklin from John Reynell, etc., November 10, 1768. See: LII, 60. Annotation in Franklin's hand: "Signed by John Reynell and others in all near Two Hundred and fifty Merchants."

Other Descriptive Information: APS possesses another copy of this item. See: 973.2 M31 V.2, NO.6

XLVIII, 138 Downshire, Wills Hill, Marquis of, 1718-1793.
to [William] Franklin
1771 January 2L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 138

Whitehall. Letter to the Marquis of Downshire, the Earl of Hillsborough. Relative to the Assembly's refusal to provide for the King's troops. (In duplicate.)

XLIX, 35 France. Cour des aides (Paris).
to the King [Louis XV]
1771 February 1811 p.XLIX, 35

Protest respecting certain laws which had been recently enacted by the "Parlement." Reply of the King refusing to accept the protest. (In French. Copy.)

XLVI(i), 81 Franklin, William, 1731-1813.
to the Earl of Hillsborough
1771 March 15A.L. 4p.XLVI(i), 81

Burlington. Received his letter enclosing two letters from His Majesty in Council, one for disallowing the Act passed for regulating the practice of law, and the other confirming an Act for choosing representation in the Counties of Morris, Cumberland and Sussex, which orders he published in the usual manner. Also received a copy of the Additional Instructions in 1767, requiring him not to give his assent to any law in which the Assembly should be enlarged, diminished, or by which any regulation shall be inconsistent with the King's instructions. Cause for his signing the Act. Is expressly permitted to give his assent to bills of even an unusual or extraordinary nature wherein the King's prerogative or his property may be prejudiced, or which may affect the trade and shipping of the Kingdom, provided he inserts the suspending clause, until His Majesty's pleasure shall be known concerning the same. Ground upon which the Board of Trade censured him; comment thereon. (Incomplete.)

XLVII, 52 Bernstorff, Andreas Peter, Greve, 1735-1797.
to Baron de Bülow
1771 March 24L.S. 2p.XLVII, 52

Hamburg. Foresaw long ago the sudden change which has taken place. Is only the prelude of a more fatal revolution. The King [of Denmark]'s timidity, the Queen's imprudence and the boundless ambition of the Dowager will bring about the reigning family's ruin. May congratulate themselves both for living in retirement far from the approaching storm. Thinks the Dowager capable of anything for her dear Frederick. Fears that this Rep[ublic] may unfortunately feel the effect and consequences of the Dowager's scheming and intrigues. Note at foot of letter stating that this wise statesman's prediction were fully accomplished later regarding Denmark and the Rep[ublic]. (In French. Copy.)

XLVIII, 139a Strahan, William (1715-1785).
to William Franklin
1771 April 3L. 2p.XLVIII, 139a

[London]. The affair of the Ohio settlement in good train. Mr. [Samuel] Wharton, by his personal activity, sagacity and performance, has found means to interest in promoting this business many of the greatest names in this country. In truth, he has acquired better connection here than any other American that he knows of ever did. Dr. Franklin could not stir in this business, as he is not only on bad terms with Lord Hills borough, but with the Ministry in general, besides his temper is grow so very reserved, which adds greatly to his natural inactivity and then is no getting him to take part in anything. Of this he is so sensible that he proposed to Mr. Wharton to strike his own name out of the list as it might be of prejudice to be undertaking. Mr. Strahan's motive in writing thus freely is to put Governor Franklin upon his guard, as it is imagined here that he entertains the same political opinions as his father. (Copy.)

XLVII, 51b Franklin, William, 1731-1813.
to the Earl of Hillsborough
1771 May 19L. 1p.XLVII, 51b

Burlington. Sends a copy of the minutes of the Privy Council of his Province wherein may be found an enquiry into the complaint made by John Hatton, Collector of His Majesty's Customs for the Port of Salem, against some Justices of the Peace living at Cape May; the Council were unanimously of the opinion that there was no foundation for the complaint. Hoped the Commissioners of the Customs, at Boston, would have removed Hatton from his office as they have the strongest proof of his unfaithfulness in the execution of it. (Copy.)

Other Descriptive Information: See also: William Franklin to the Earl of Hillsborough, 1 June 1771; XLVII, 51a

XLVII, 51a Franklin, William, 1731-1813.
to the Earl of Hillsborough
1771 June 1L. 3p.XLVII, 51a

Burlington. Is greatly disappointed in that the Assembly again resolved, by a great majority, not to grant any money for the supply of His Majesty's roops in the Province; the Assembly's reason for not granting the money; the real reasons. Means of compelling the Assembly to comply with His Majesty's requisition, and the inconveniences that may arise from them. (Copy.)

XLVIII, 139b Franklin, William, 1731-1813.
to William Strahan
1771 June 18L. 2p.XLVIII, 139b

[Burlington]. Has almost given up all expectation of the Ohio settlement taking place while Lord H[illsborough] presides at the Board of Trade. If he should, however, succeed it will give him great pleasure, as it is he only probable means by which his friends Baynton, Wharton and Morgan (on whose account he was principally induced to engage in the undertaking) may extricate themselves from their embarrassments. It is high time that a government was established in that country for the people are migrating there every day and settling themselves on the lands without any title, and are exempt from all law and order. He requested Mr. [Robert Lettis] Hooper, [Jr.], a gentleman of character who lately went to the Ohio, to survey a large tract of land for Colonel [George] Croghan, to send Mr. Strahan an account of the nature of the land, the number of inhabitants, etc., and yesterday he received a letter from him from which he sends extracts for Mr. Strahan's information.

III, 70a Trent, William, 1715-1787?. Wharton, Samuel, 1732-1800.
to William Franklin, [Burlington]
1771 July 21L. 2p.III, 70a

London. Have long expected receiving his fifth part of their expenses and are now under an absolute necessity of drawing on him in favor of Mr. Thomas Wharton, Sr., for £200, the sum now due to them. Copy of statement and draft appended. (Copy.)

XLVIII, 113 Mecom, Jane, 1712-1794.
to [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1771 September 2A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 113

Boston. Has got so far over her lameness as to be able to walk much, but never expects to be able to walk so far as her brother, who wrote that he can walk ten miles without resting. Sends respects to Philadelphia acquaintances.

XLVIII, 114 Parker, Jenny.
to Deborah Franklin, Philadelphia
1771 September 6A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 114

Woodbridge. Ill health of herself and mother. Her father's death left financial affairs in bad condition. Would like to come to Philadelphia, for a month or longer, if agreeable to Mrs. Franklin.

XLVIII, 115 Parker, Jenny.
to [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
1771 September 16A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 115

Woodbridge. Is grateful for complying with her former request. Will do all her power to serve Mrs. Franklin. Sorry to hear of Mrs. [Jane] Mecom's illness.

III, 70b Wharton, Thomas, 1730-1782.
to William Franklin
1771 October 12L.S. 1p.III, 70b

Was favored on the 10th inst. with a letter from his brother Samuel, enclosing his own and William Trent's account against him for his proportion of their expenses while negotiating the retribution of 1768. He has no doubt that Governor Franklin has been advised that they have not completed their grand object as they could not make a Cabinet at the time it was expected.

III, 70c Wharton, Thomas, 1730-1782.
to William Franklin
1771 November 2L. 1p.III, 70c

Begs the return of Wharton and Trent's draft and answer thereto, as he intends writing by Capt. Falkner who sails for London by the middle of next week. Copy.

LVIII, 40 Walpole, Thomas, 1727-1803. Wharton, Samuel, 1732-1800.
to Joseph Wharton, Jr.
1771 November 6Extracts from L. 1p.LVIII, 40

London. Relative to the Walpole grant. (Copy.)

XLVII, 54 Thurston, Edward.
to Jonathan Williams, Boston
1771 November 28A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 54

Newport. Sorry he suspected Mr. [David] Hall's ability to discharge his bond due to Dr. Franklin; he has reveived a letter from Hall stating that a note was due him for £60 and he would remit that to Mr. Williams.

LIII, 6 Franklin, William, 1731-1813.
to the General Assembly of New Jersey
1771 December 18A.L. and D.S. 4p.LIII, 6

Burlington. Message in regard to a requistion for the support of troops quartered in the barracks of the Province. Accompanied by an order of the Assembly granting a part of the requisition, and a copy of the speech of the Governor at the end of the session.

XLVII, 55 Viny, R. W..
to Mrs. [Margaret] Stevenson, London
1772 January 17A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 55

New Cross. Called to enquire when it would be agreeable for her and Dr. Franklin to call upon them, but there was nobody at home. Still hopes to be favored with their company at New Cross.

LVIII, 41 Downshire, Wills Hill, Marquis of, 1718-1793. Franklin, William, 1731-1813. Gage, Thomas, 1721-1787.
Letters relative to the Walpole Grant
1772 JanuaryL. 6p.LVIII, 41

Letter from Franklin to ? and from Downshire and Gage to Franklin, relative to the Walpole grant, and to affairs in New Jersey. (Copies.)

XLVIII, 140 Downshire, Wills Hill, Marquis of, 1718-1793.
to [William Franklin, Governor of New Jersey]
1772 February 5L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 140

Whitehall. The King's speech to Parliament and the reply. Death of Princess Mary of Hesse Cassel. Instructions in regard to the passing of laws relative to attachment of property of persons resident in the Colony.

LXVI, 13 Williams, John.
to John Hughes of Charleston, South Carolina
1772 March 7D.S. 2p.LXVI, 13

Boston. Bond for £10,000 and agreement as to the office of Collector at latter port.

XLVIII, 141 Hooper, Robert Lettis, 1730?-1.
to William Franklin
1772 MarchA.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 141

Philadelphia. Corrections in the maps of the western country and boundaries of the new Colony. Thinks it well for him to hold his share in the land.

LVIII, 42 Franklin, William, 1731-1813.
to [Lord Hillsborough, the Marquis of Downshire]
1772 May 5A.L. 2p.LVIII, 42

Burlington. Relative to the [New Jersey] laws disallowed by His Majesty. (Conclusion missing.)

XLVIII, 142 Downshire, Wills Hill, Marquis of, 1718-1793.
to William Franklin
1772 July 1L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 142

Whitehall. Relative to the action of the Lords of Trade upon the disallowance of two New Jersey laws.

XLVII, 56 Wilson, Benjamin, 1721-1788.
to Charles Frederick
1772 August 21A.L.S. 3p.XLVII, 56

Royal Society House, [London]. Informs him that a committee was appointed by the Board of Ordnance to consider the most proper method of securing the Magazine at Purfleet from lightning. Doubt arose in his mind as to the propriety of point which were proposed to be fixed on the top of each conductor. A copy of his letter of dissent to the pointed conductors. Reasons for objecting to the pointed conductors.

XLVII, 57 Briggs, Nathaniel.
to David Mill, Charles Bell, and Thomas Drue, on the Coast of Africa
1772 November 20A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 57

Rhode Island. Recommending Captain Richard Grinnell who has taken passage for the coast, in order to introduce himself into the African trade.

XLVIII, 143 Alexander, William, 1726-1783.
to William Franklin
1772 December 5L. 2p.XLVIII, 143

Williamsburg. The boundary between Virginia and the new country to the west. Also an advertisement by Tho[ma]s Bullett, Surveyor, relative to claims in the new country. (Copy.)

LX, 63 Compagnie des Indes.
to M. Le Cordier
1772 December 5L. 1p.LX, 63

Paris. Expressing appreciation of his and the other employees past services and wishing them well for the future. (In French. Copy.)

LIII, 10 Burlington Free School. Trustees.
to George III
1773 January 5D.S. 3p.LIII, 10

Burlington. Burlington Island, included in the grant to the Duke of York, always considered a part of New Jersey. By a Proprietary Act in 1682 the Island had been vested in the town of Burlington, for the maintenance of a free school, and had always remained thus. The petitioners hope that the alarming reports of the grant of all the islands in the Delaware, without exception, to some noble Lord for his private benefit, is not true. Beg the confirmation of their title. Signed John Hoskins, et al.

XLVII, 58 Chapman, W..
to [William] Henly, London
1773 February 7A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 58

Brighton. Cannot give any further account of the bell, as in soldering, it was put on the fire and that has taken out the mark where the lightning struck.

LXII, 125 Golgoeney, Prince Vasily.
to Count Cheenyshev
1773 March 10L.S. 2p.LXII, 125

Recommending de Wiebel. (In Russian.)

III, 145 Wharton, Samuel, 1732-1800.
to J[oseph] G[alloway] and T[homas] W[harton, Sr.]
1773 April 9L. 3p.III, 145

London. Acknowledging their favor of 3d ult., and thanking them for their communications about the bill relative to the new frontier County; account of petition presented to the King by the Messers Penn. as soon as they heard of this bill. Since then has dined with Lord Camden, Mr. [Thomas] Walpole, Mr. [Richard] Jackson and Mr. [Thomas] Pitt; where it was resolved to oppose the Act of Assembly and to call on Mr. [John] Penn to establish his western bounds agreeable to the express conditions of his grant. Question of a name for the new province. Discusses in detail the boundaries of Pennsylvania. Copy of a short extract from a letter from T[homas] W[harton] to J[oseph] G[alloway], enclosing the foregoing, dated the 3d or 4th of June, 1773. (Copy.)

XLVIII, 118 Dunlap, D..
to [Deborah] Franklin, Philadelphia
[1773] April 27A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 118

Straton Parish. Is glad to hear of Mrs. Franklin's recovery. Wishes to be back in Philadelphia where her two daughters could go to school. Accompained by a letter from B. Connell to Mrs. Franklin, relative to Mrs. Dunlap's poor health.

XLVIII, 144b Franklin, William, 1731-1813.
to Joseph Galloway
1773 November 25A. Dr. of L. 1p.XLVIII, 144b

Burlington. Does not believe that Colonel [George] C[roghan] has any orders from Mr. [Thomas] Walpole or any others to hold a treaty with the Indians. Heard some time ago that he had, and that he was likewise ordered to build houses for the Governor, C[hief] Justice, etc., he mentioned this in a letter to his father, who replied that he did not believe that such orders were given to build houses at Fort Pitt.

XLVIII, 144a Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803.
to William Franklin
1773 November 25L.S. 3p.XLVIII, 144a

A reported order from Mr. [Thomas] Walpole to G[eorge] Croghan to conclude a treaty at Fort Pitt with the Indians. Gov. Franklin does not believe that Col. C[roghan] has any such orders. (Copy.)

XLVII, 59 Lefferts, Jacobus. Randall, Thomas.
to Captain [Richard] Grinnell, Master of Sloop Maria, in St. Eustatius
1774 July 3L.S. 1p.XLVII, 59

New York. Received advice from Charleston, S.C., that slaves were in great demand. Desires him to proceed with all speed and apply to Messrs. Powell Hopton and Co., merchants there, who will have their orders to dispose of his cargo. (Copy.)

IV, 38 Champlost, Marie Louis Quentin, Baron de, 1709-1776.
to [Henry] Coder
1774 December 18A.L.S. 2p.IV, 38

Paris. Unable to leave Paris on account of his health. No one knows better than the writer the favorable disposition towards him of the late King; hopes his testimony will be of some use to him in his most just demand. (In French.)

XLVIII, 147 (OS) Wharton, Samuel, 1732-1800.
to William Franklin
[1774]A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 147 (OS)

Requests him to urge his father rather to drop the Illinois affair than miss a succeeding in the restitution [of good feeling] which is of infinitely more consequence to all concerned.

XLVII, 61 Bache, Theophylact, 1735-1807.
to Richard Bache
1775 March 2A.L.S. 3p.XLVII, 61

New York. Assures him of the warmest affection; sorry Mr. Folger should think unfavorable of him on account of the transaction of the bill; had importuned Mr. [John] Foxcroft to see to a speedy settlement. Cares not by what means a reconciliation between America and England is brought about, but fears the honour of the Nation will not allow England to be very friendly to the Colonies. Thinks the day of oppression in the Colonies is hastening very fast.

XLVII, 60 Pitt, Thomas, 1737-1793.
to Thomas Walpole
[1775] March 6L. in 3d P. 1p.XLVII, 60

Hayes. Lord Chatham sensibly feels the contents of the extract communicated to him; he is deeply touched by such a remembrance and truly honored by so authentic and respectable a testimony to his good intentions.

XLV, 107 Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803.
to Mrs. ----- -----
1775 June 1A. Dr. of L. 3p.XLV, 107

London. Lord Camden carried in a bill for the repeal of the Quebec law; his speech was uncommonly argumentative and eloquent. Lord Shelburne said "a day would soon arrive when so unconstitutional and disgraceful a statute must be repealed." Lord Dartmouth apologized for not presenting the Quebec petition. Lord Camden claimed that when England is successful in conquering an inhabited country, the King is bound, by the constitution, to establish over them, as far as practicable, the fundamental laws of England. Lord Mansfield on the subject. Lord Camden said that the battles of Lexington and Concord were brought on by the British soldiers and not by the Provincials; the principal design was to seize Messrs. [John] Hancock, [James] Otis, etc., and send them here for trial. Asks Mrs. ----- to show this letter to Mr. Ball.

XXXVII, 34 Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Lord Dartmouth
1775 July 7A. Dr. of L.S. 1p.XXXVII, 34

Craven Street, London. Announcing the arrival of a packet from New Jersey addressed to Dr. Franklin which he had authority to open; it contained a petition from the Assembly of New Jersey to His Majesty; desires him to appoint a time for its delivery.

XXXVII, 36 Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to [James] Kinsey
1775 July 19A. Dr. of L.S. 2p.XXXVII, 36

London. Reception given to the petition of the New Jersey Assembly; Lord Dartmouth's, reply was that American affairs being wholly under the consideration of Parliament, the King could not with propriety answer it. Enclosing a duplicate of his last letter, acknowledging the receipt of the petition [1 p.].

LI, 2 Unidentified.
to [Jonathan] Williams, [Jr.]
1775 September 5A.L. 1p.LI, 2

Sends verses by Mr. Du Pont to be put under Dr. Franklin's portrait. The last line is too strong--"II desarma les Dieux, il reprime les Rois." (In French and English.)

XLVIII, 145 Franklin, William Temple, 1760-1823.
to William Franklin
1775 October 18A. Dr. of L.S. 3p.XLVIII, 145

Philadelphia. Description of his class work and daily routine at the College of Philadelphia.

XLVII, 62 Lee, Charles, 1731-1782.
to Lord Thanet
1775 October 20L. 5p.XLVII, 62

Camp before Boston. Informs him that what he foretold in regards to trouble between England and America came true. Foretells what he may further expect, unless their misrulers and their lunatic scheme of politics are speedily overturned. Tells him not to flatter himself with the hope that America will be reduced by arms. Foretells what Britain may gain even if she should conquer America. Sends him his letter to [General John] Burgoyne and the latter's reply, wherein may be seen Burgoyne's wrong ideas of his Lordship's political sentiments. This letter was forwarded to Franklin on November 7, 1775 by Horatio Gates (see IV, 70). See also Lee to Franklin, [Before December 10, 1775], XLII, 45.

XLVII, 63 Haisley, Joseph.
to the Committee of the Continental Congress
1775 October 23A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 63

Cambridge. Informs them that Colonel [James] Warren brought the Journal of the House for 1758 and 1759 that they may satisfy themselves that more was granted and paid in the last war to non-commissioned officers and privates than the whole which had been engaged to the non-commissioned officers and privates in the present service, by the late Congress of this Colony [of Massachusetts Bay].

XLVII, 142 Ziericzée (Netherlands). Burgomasters.
to P[etrus] Van Noemer
1775 November 20L.S. 2p.XLVII, 142

Translation of a letter concerning a request made to the latter to give up the office of Deputy in the Council of State. His failure to comply or to confer with the Sovereign of the State, as invited to do. (In French. Copy.)

XLV, 109 L., J..
to ------ ------
[1775 After December 9]A.L.S. 1p.XLV, 109

Relative to Mr. Dumas. Quotes extract of a letter from Franklin to Dumas dated 9 December 1775 (see: LIII, 19a).

LVII, 6 (OS) Capellen, Joan Derk van der, 1741-1784.
to the Council of Nobles of the Province of Overÿssel [Holland]
1775 December 16D. 4p.LVII, 6 (OS)

Protest against granting the request made by the King of England that the "Scotch Brigade" of troops in the service of the above Province should be loaned to him for use in America. (In French.)

XLVII, 64 Unidentified.
to Thomas Hampden
1776 March 4L. 4p.XLVII, 64

[Varese, Italy]. Submits a plan of conciliation between England and the United States. If England does not make peace with her American Colonies in 1777 she will lose them forever. Proposes a visionary scheme for uniting the two countries as one nation. In French. Includes the notation: "Project of Conciliation from Italy."

XLIX, 64 Franklin, William Temple, 1760-1823.
to ----- -----
1776 May 16A.L.S. 4p.XLIX, 64

Argues that space is not a real being, but merely an abstract idea.

LXI, 140 Bond, Thomas, 1743-1793.
to Jacob Rieger
1776 June 6A. Mem. S. 1 p.LXI, 140

Bethlehem. List of surgical instruments to be purchased in France for the General Hospital.

LXXVI, 42 (OS) Franklin, William, 1731-1813.
to the Honorable the Gentlemen of His Majesty's Council and to the Gentlemen of the House of Representatives of His Majesty's Province of New Jersey
1776 June 17-22L.S. 3p.LXXVI, 42 (OS)

With postscript, from Perth Amboy and Burlington. Concerning his arrest. Printed.

XLVIII, 60 Walker, ------.
to [Jane] Mecom
[1776 June]A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 60

When Mr. [Charles] Carroll and Mr. [Samuel] Chase left his house, at Montreal, they took with them some small articles of plate and two plated sauce pans. Spoke about the matter to Mr. Chase, as they passed through Albany, but was referred to Mr. Carroll just as they were stepping into a vessel bound for New York, had therefore no opportunity of speaking to him. Asks her to request Dr. Franklin to obtain those articles from them and forward them to her address for him.

Other Descriptive Information: See also: Jane Mecom to Benjamin Franklin, 5 September 1788, Franklin-Bache Papers (

XLVII, 65 Bedford, Gunning, 1742-1797.
to Samuel Chase, Philadelphia
1776 August 7A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 65

New York. Uncertain as to the number of American troops. Number of troops England has in the field. Thinks the ships, this morning, are forming in line of battle.

XLVII, 66 Hewson, Mary Stevenson, 1739-1795.
to Mlle. Bihéron, Paris
1776 August 29A.L.S. 3p.XLVII, 66

Kensington. Requests her to tell M. [Barbeu] Du Bourg that she cannot wish him to suspend his good offices for America. Declares her bias is in favor of America. Intended taking her children there but was prevented by the war.

LXII, 6 (OS) Bissy, Stefano, Baron de.
to the United States Senate
1776 September 15Mem. in 3d P. 5p.LXII, 6 (OS)

Sausseux. Asking for a commission of Lieutenant-General of artillery, under certain conditions. (In French.)

XLVII, 67 Wimpffen, Félix de, 1745-1814.
to [Henry] Coder, Paris
1776 November 15A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 67

Strasbourg. Has not the power to render him the service he solicits. Feels that the Court is indifferent to him since he left Versailles. Advises him to seek other means to accomplish his ambition, as his recommendation might do him more harm with the Court than good. (In French.)

XLVII, 68 Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to [Jacques Barbeu-] Du Bourg, Paris
1776 December 13A.L. 3p.XLVII, 68

Sorry to hear of Madame Du Bourg's illness. Acquaints him that this is a public fast-day on account of the American war, and that he cannot doubt his zeal in the observation of it.

LXXVII, 48 Blakey, William, 1712-1771.
to Prince [Dmitrii Golitsyn]
1776 December 15D. 6p.LXXVII, 48

In French. Concerning Falconet's work. Comparing modern and ancient art. Originally enclosed with letter to B. Franklin from Blakey; January 9, 1778. See: VIII, 25.

IV, 133 Deane, Silas, 1737-1789.
to Conrad-Alexander Gerard
1776 December 24A.L.S. 1p.IV, 133

Paris. Sends to his care a letter for Comte de Vergennes.

LXXI, 121b Mirabeau, Victor de Riquetti, Marquis de, 1715-1789.
to [Jacques Barbeu-] Du Bourg, Paris
1776 December 30A.L.S. 1p.LXXI, 121b

Paris. Thanking him and Dr. Franklin for calling to see him. Did not wish to take up their time, but would like to converse with them more freely and intimately when they are at leisure, and invites them to dine with him in private, as the ladies are not to return until next month. (In French.)

LXXVIII, 79a Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803.
to William Franklin
[1776 December]A.L.S. 1p.LXXVIII, 79a

Burlington. Speaks of A[bel] J[ames], loss of friends. Refers to Benjamin Franklin and C. Thompson [sic]. Fragment.

XLVII, 69 Ottendorff, Major.
to John Hancock, President of Congress
1777 January 3L.S. 1p.XLVII, 69

Baltimore. The glorious victory lately gained by Washington redoubled in him the desire of joining the army. Says that there are among the Hessian prisoners some who would rejoice at the opportunity of enlisting in his corps; and since they are well exercised and disciplined, he begs to have the liberty of picking about eight sergeants and about fifteen or sixteen men, and four drummers and musicians, with which to be able to put his corps under good order, fit for any enterprise.

XLVIII, 150 (OS) Gérard, Conrad Alexandre, 1729-1790.
to Silas Deane
1777 January 6L. in 3d P. 1p.XLVIII, 150 (OS)

Desires to give him an account of the commission executed for him and to confer with Mr. Deane about the matter recommended to him. In French.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Collections of New York Historical Society, 1886. Deane Papers, I, 450.

XLVII, 71 Gourlade, Jacques-Alexandre.
to Captain L[ambert] Wickes, Nantes
1777 January 13A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 71

L'Orient. Has decided to sell the frigate, Comte de Maurepas, if given 400,000 francs. Sends inventory of the vessel. Could furnish a couple of officers for her, if desired, and would attend to the fitting out of the vessel after the sale. (In French.)

LIII, 30 United States. Continental Congress. Secret Committee.
to Tho[ma]s Morris
1777 January 14L.S. 1p.LIII, 30

Philadelphia. The American Commissioners have been given an order to contract for 226 brass field pieces, and arms and equipage for 3,000 horses. Assistance in every possible way to be rendered them, and funds to be furnished. Signed: Rob[er]t Morris, Chairman.

LXXI, 33a Unidentified.
to M. Vailly
[1777] January 19L. 2p.LXXI, 33a

Valenciennes. Requesting him to deliver to the American Commissioners the enclosed letter from a friend who wishes to offer his services to the United States. (In French.)

XLVII, 72 Johnson, Joshua, 1742-1802.
to W[illia]m Carmichael
1777 February 11A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 72

London. Sends him a print containing matter of great consequence, which he desires him to forward to Dr. Franklin and Mr. [Silas] Deane. Is obliged to keep the original paper to prove the truth of what it contains, especially as the manner of its falling into his hands is some what curious. The brig Harriott, Captain William Scott commanding, Master from New York bound for the Barbadoes, out seven days, spoke the Mary Carroll, Captain W. Sabustin commanding, on January 13, from Grenada to London (belonging to them), who gave him the papers from which the aforesaid intelligence is copied. Captain Scott informed Captain Sabustin that General [Charles] Lee was made prisoner by going into General Howe's camp at night in disguise. He says General Howe was within five miles of Philadelphia. The bill which Parliament is about enacting will probably cause his visiting him shortly.

XLVII, 73 Platt, Ebenezer Smith.
to Patience Lovell Wright
1777 March 5L.S. 2p.XLVII, 73

His lawyer waited on him to know whether he will petition the King to be set at liberty, and take the oath of allegiance; he stated that an oath extorted from a man, when his life is at stake, is of no consequence and is not binding. He will not take the oath of allegiance unless she approves of it, and therefore begs her opinion. Copy.

XLVII, 73a Platt, Ebenezer Smith.
to Patience Lovell Wright
1777 March 5L. 1p.XLVII, 73a

Has been advised to get himself out by any means and that his situation is too precarious to be trifled with; his having an uncle in Congress and his refusing to take the oath of allegiance would be construed into treason. E. by Mrs. Wright. They advised him to accede and sign a petition which she hopes may turn out for the best. (Copy by Mrs. Wright.)

Other Descriptive Information: See also: Platt to Wright, 5 March 1777; XLVII, 73

XLVII, 74 Caÿrol, Etienne.
to [Henry] Coder
1777 March 13A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 74

Paris. Sends the desired information to his wife, and power of attorney to settle his affairs in France; imprudent, at present stage, to write to Dr. Franklin or to let it be known that he did intend to return to France. Will see, however, whether a factory can be operated with profit in the United States. (In French.)

XXXVII, 71 Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1777 March 20A.L.S. 1p.XXXVII, 71

Nantes. Arrival of two American ships. Desirability of having one English paper regularly ordered and transmitted to Congress.

XLVII, 75 Coder, Henry, 1738-1780.
to [Jacques Barbeu-] Du Bourg
1777 March 21A.L.S. 4p.XLVII, 75

Sends a second letter received from M. [E.] Cayrol. Can vouch for his honesty and integrity. Had established an important factory of cloth fabrics. Owed a sum of 100,000 crowns and, being pressed by creditors, had to leave the country. Has received offers from several Ambassadors to establish a similar factory in their country but prefer; the United States. Would like himself to offer his services to the United States. Is a Captain of infantry. In French.

XXXVII, 72 Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1777 March 22A.L.S. 3p.XXXVII, 72

Nantes. Charts of the New England coast still needed. Work proceeding on the ship. If the question is not an improper one, wishes to know where Dr. Franklin has gone.

XLVII, 76 Bradford, John, 1735-1784.
to Messrs. Pliarne, Panet, and Company, Nantes
1777 March 27A.D.S. 1p.XLVII, 76

Boston. Recommends the bearer to his civilities, he is the son of Mr. [Thomas] Cushing and goes to France charged with important dispatches from Congress.

V, 136 Boisboudron, ------.
to -----, Pingré
1777 April 3A.L.S. 2p.V, 136

L'Ordre des Sables d'Ollonne. Concerning a cousin of his, the Chevalier de la Mazelle, who was obliged by unfortunate circumstances to quit the marine service; account of his various misfortunes since. Begs him, if he knows [Dr.] Franklin (as he surely must), to ask him to use his influence on behalf of this cousin. (In French.)

V, 152 Quétant, Antoine-François, 1733-1823.
to [Aimé Ambroise Joseph] Feutry
1777 April 15A.L.S. 1p.V, 152

Paris. Sending him the copy he asked for, which he fears will not interest Dr. Franklin, the translation as compared to the original being so unworthy. (In French.)

LXII, 69 Jehannot de Bartillat, Louis François Jules, Marquis de Bartillat, 1741-1792.
to Comte de St. Germain
1777 April 21A.L.S. 1p.LXII, 69

Paris. Requests that le Sieur de Lauron be made a Lieutenant-Colonel. (In French.)

LXI, 81 Unidentified.
to Horneca, Fizeaux, and Company
1777 April 22L. 1p.LXI, 81

Concerning the building of a vessel in Sweden. In French.

XXXIX, 8 Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1777 AprilA.L.S. 3p.XXXIX, 8

Leiden. Account of his conversation with the Grand Facteur of Amsterdam. The French Gazette of Leyden has for correspondent in New York an English officer, a veritable Satan. Holland's attitude towards the war; the State still for the English but the greater part of the people for the Americans; thinks the time is not yet ripe for any American of mark to appear at The Hague. (In French.)

XLVII, 77 Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to [Jacques] Paulze
1777 May 6L. 2p.XLVII, 77

The sailors on an American vessel which surrendered to the English gave information to the latter about twenty-five vessels from Virginia laden with tobacco which sailed for France and are now almost due. England has several vessel cruising off the coast of France to attack them. Going to present a note to M. de Vergennes protesting against this violation by England of France's neutrality. Asks M Paulze to join in the protest and request M. de Vergennes to order Franch warships to guard the coast and protect these vessels. (In French. Copy.)

VI, 13.5a Saint-Marcel, André-Philippe Tardieu, 1752-1834.
to General [George] Washington
1777 May 9A.L. 1p.VI, 13.5a

Nyon, [Switzerland]. Assuring him of his deep veneration and offering him the enclosed sonnet as a witness to his admiration and love. (In French.)

VI, 34.5 Barbeu Du Bourg, M. (Jacques), 1709-1779.
to Henry Coder
1777 May 27A.L.S. 1p.VI, 34.5

Paris. Can do nothing at present for Franklin but pray; his wife feebler than the day before and it is impossible for him to leave her; recommends a conference between Franklin, Deane and Bayard; belives that the affair can be turned to the satisfaction of all. (In French.)

VI, 44 Bayard, François-Louis, 1748-1814.
to [Henry] Coder, Paris
1777 June 2A.L.S. 1p.VI, 44

Paris. Concerning a uniform which he desires to make trail of. (In French.)

XLVIII, 151 Viel, ------.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1777 June 9A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 151

Paris. Wishes to make an appointment to confer with him about a certain matter. (In French.)

XLVIII, 152 (OS) Gérard, Conrad Alexandre, 1729-1790.
to [Silas] Deane
1777 June 15L. in 3d P. 1p.XLVIII, 152 (OS)

The Farmers-General are disposed to remit the duty or tax on madeup clothing. Mr. Deane should see them and make arrangements with them. He could apply to M. Paulze. (In French.)

LXXI, 122a Montaudouin de La Touche, J.-G. (Jean-Gabriel), 1722-1780.
to [Jonathan] Williams, [Jr.]
[1777 June 28]N. in 3d P. 1p.LXXI, 122a

The arrival of the Amphitrite and the Seine in the United States. (In French.)

VI, 84 Nicholson, Samuel, 1743-1811.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1777 June 28A.L.S. 3p.VI, 84

Saint Malo. Captain [Lambert] Wickes' and his own arrival in port; kindly received there by every person of consequence; gives an account of his cruise; number of prizes taken; disposition made of them. Terrible condition of his vessel; either it must be fitted out again, which will cost a good deal of money, or else a new one must be purchased, which he thinks the wiser plan.

XXXIX, 12 Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to William Carmichael, Paris
1777 July 10A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 12

"From my Desert." Announcing the departure from Rotterdam of Guernsey ships which pretend to be Dutch and carry false documents. Account of certain letters being published in the Gazettes; the altering and cutting which takes place. (In French.)

XXXIX, 11 Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Silas Deane Paris
1777 July 10A.L.S. 3p.XXXIX, 11

Overjoyed to hear of the safe arrival of the Amphitrite. High hopes for America. Made an extract from Mr. [Silas] Deane's letter for the Gazettes of Cleves and Leyden; the extract of the letter from the English officer in New York kept secret. Theft of papers from Mr. Deane's friend [Arthur Lee] in Berlin. (In French.)

XXXIX, 13 Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to William Carmichael, Paris
1777 July 14A.L.S. 4p.XXXIX, 13

His hands tied in carrying out certain investigations; desires to act by himself. Quotes a letter written to the Courier of the Bas Rhin à propos of increasing their navy by judicious encouragement of the Americans. Account of a Portuguese, [Felix Antonio] Castrioto, who has promised to further American interests in his own country; gives all the information about him which he could gather. In French.

XLVII, 78 Fairholme and Luther.
to J. R. Hamilton
1777 July 15A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 78

St. Martin's Isle of Ré. Has a vessel which was bound for Nantes with tobacco but which was chased into that port by two English frigates; got orders to ship off the tobacco in French bottoms to Nantes and to reload her with salt.

VI, 119 Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799.
to Richard Bache, Philadelphia
1777 July 15A.L.S. 1p.VI, 119

Williamsburg. Their General Assembly has directed a new edition of the laws [of Virginia] to be printed; understands that the types left by Dr. Franklin are just fit for their purpose; none others being procurable, begs for the loan of these; the money shall be paid, the types returned, or new ones purchased, according to his wishes.

LXXVII, 51 Blakey, William, 1712-1771.
to [Jean Nicolas Sébastien] Allamand
1777 July 16D. 3p.LXXVII, 51

Printed letter. Concerning silt in river at Amsterdam. In French. Enclosed originally in letter to B. Franklin by Blakey; January 9, 1778. See: VIII, 25.

LXII, 25 Cottereau, Gabriel-Antoine, Chevalier de Granchamp.
to Comtesse de Coastin
1777 July 25Mem. in 3d P. 1p.LXII, 25

Asking her to obtain from Dr. Franklin suitable service for him in the United States. In French.

LIII, 49 New York (State). Council of Safety.
to ----- -----
1777 August 7L.S. 1p.LIII, 49

Kingston. All of the militia from sixteen to sixty have been ordered out, but members over fifty to remain at home for guard service. Enclose resolution of the Council concerning exempts. Signed: Pierre Van Cortlandt, Presid[en]t. (Attested Copy.)

XLVIII, 153 Marron, Martin de.
to [Silas] Deane, Bordeaux
1777 August 8A.L.S. 3p.XLVIII, 153

Toulouse. Recommends a young officer who has served as Lieutenant in the Royal Lorraine Regiment of cavalry and who desires to offer his services to the American insurgents. (In French.)

VI, 180 Fectsler, -----.
to ----- -----
1777 August 10A.L.S. 3p.VI, 180

Landrecies. Begs his correspondent to find out if Dr. Franklin received a letter he wrote him three weeks before, applying for a position in the American army. If he had Franklin's picture, he could engrave a medal from it as a present. (In French.)

XXXVII, 103 Kerguelen-Tremarec, Yves-Joseph de, 1734-1797.
to Jonathan Williams, Jr.
1777 August 10A.L.S. 1p.XXXVII, 103

Mr. [Jonathan] Williams [Jr.]'s letter will be presented to Dr. Franklin by the Baron de Gassé; desires Mr. Williams to send the memoir with a particular recommendation to Dr. Franklin. In French.

LXXI, 112 La Chesnaye, Charles Gleyo.
to Jonathan Williams, [Jr.]
1777 August 11 - October 9L. 4p.LXXI, 112

Giving an account of his voyage as master of the ship Meère Bobie from France to Portsmouth, N. H., and return to Port Louis, France. Had several narrow escapes from English warships and privateers. Was obliged to sink the package of letters which he was bringing from the United States. (In French. Copy.)

VI, 187 Feutry, Aimé Ambroise Joseph, 1720-1789.
to William Temple Franklin
1777 August 12A.L.S. 1p.VI, 187

Paris. Sends a packet for his grandfather; bids him goodbye; asks to be remembered to Mr. [Silas] Deane, who must appoint a day to see his cannon at the arsenal. (in French)

XXXIX, 16 Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to William Carmichael, Paris
1777 August 21A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 16

Enclosing a copy of his letter [2p.] to the Grand Facteur of Amsterdam, announcing his dismissal from the service of a grand personage at The Hague. Mistake by which his and Sir J[oseph] Y[orke]'s English papers were interchanged. In French.

VI, 201.5 Wickes, Lambert.
to Jonathan Williams, [Jr.]
1777 August 22A.L.S. 2p.VI, 201.5

Saint Malo. Acknowledging his favor of the 17th. Refers him to a Resolve of Congress which says that a man who deserts a vessel has no right to claim pay or a share of the prize money; however will do what Dr. Franklin thinks necessary. Sorry to hear his character is so bad in France.

VII, 7 Sutton, A. B..
to Abbé Le Clerc [de St. Etvain], Paris
1777 September 2A.L.S. 1p.VII, 7

Paris. Begging him to obtain for him from Messrs. Franklin and Deane a letter of marque. His zeal for the cause of the colonies. (In French.)

XLVIII, 154 Lee, William, 1739-1795.
to Silas Deane, Passy
1777 September 6A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 154

Nantes. Relative to business transactions with M. Penet who refuses to make settlement.

LXXVII, 10 Pemberton, Israel, 1715-1779, et al.
to the Inhabitants of Pennsylvania
1777 September 9D. 2p.LXXVII, 10

Philadelphia. Printed broadside. Contains a resolution of the council in Philadelphia--T. Matlack, secretary--revoking the privileges of citizenship to Pemberton and twenty-one others and seeking to banish them to Virginia since they "appear to consider themselves subjects of the king of Great Britain." Also contains Pemberton et al's response protesting the "unreasonable excess of power" used against them.

XLVII, 79b Brown, John.
to General [Benjamin] Lincoln
1777 September 18L.S. 3p.XLVII, 79b

North End of Lake George Landing New York. An account of the capture of that place. Mount Defiance and the old French lines at Ticonderoga also fell into his hands. Has sent a flag demanding the surrender of Ty and Mount Independence. Has had as yet no information of Colonel Johnson's attack on the Mount. Has a small quantity of provisions which will necessitate his retreat in case Ty and Mount Independence are not carried. Hopes he will give him assistance in crossing the Lake should be need it. The enemy at Fort George. Just received General Powel's answer to his demands saying he shall defend the garrison, entrusted to his charge, to the last. Has little hope of putting him to the necessity of giving it up unless by the force under Colonel Johnson. (Copy.)

Other Descriptive Information: See also: Lincoln to Gates, 20 September 1777; XLVII, 79a

XLVII, 79a Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810.
to Major General [Horatio] Gates
1777 September 20L.S. 2p.XLVII, 79a

Castleton, [Vermont]. Concurs in his opinion that as soon as their views are accomplished it will be best to remove near him, either on the flank or in the rear of General Burgoyne. Waits with great impatience the issue of their expedition to Ticonderoga. General Warren went to Mount Independence to take charge of the troops before that place. Leaves the farther conducting of matters this way with him and General Jacob Bayley. He collects the remainder of his troops in his division and moves downward. (Copy.)

XLVII, 80a Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806.
to John Hancock
1777 September 22A.L.S. 3p.XLVII, 80a

Camp. Heights above Behmus [Bemis, New York]. Was informed that the enemy had struck their camp and were moving on his left, detached Colonel [Daniel] Morgan's corps to observe their direction and to harass their advance. An account of the skirmishes that ensued and the battle that followed. Results of the conflict Bravery of the American soldiers. Wrote to all the neighboring States and pressingly demanded the immediate march of their militia.

XLVII, 80b Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806.
to John Hancock
1777 September 22L.S. 2p.XLVII, 80b

Camp. Heights above Behmus [Bemis, New York]. The letters he received from General [Benjamin] Lincoln and Colonel [John] Brown and congratulates him and the Congress on the remarkable success of the armies of the United States. Thinks there is now a fair prospect of the Northern States soon being freed from the enemies who threatened no less than the conquest of the entire State. (Copy.)

Other Descriptive Information: See also: Gates to Hancock, 22 September 1777; XLVII, 80a

VII, 50 Grand, Rodolphe-Ferdinand, 1726-1794.
to Marquis de Luce-Seillans
1777 September 23A.L.S. 1p.VII, 50

Paris. Can make arrangements to land him at any city in America. In French.

XLVII, 84a A General Officer.
to ------ ------
1777 October 4L. 2p.XLVII, 84a

Pawlings' Mills. Extract from a letter in regard to the plan and battle at Gemantown. (Copy.)

XLVII, 81a Washington, George (1732-1799).
to John Hancock, President of Congress
1777 October 5L.S. 3p.XLVII, 81a

Camp at Pennibacker's Mill. Received the intelligence by two intercepted letters, that General Howe had detached a part of his force for the purpose of reducing Billingsport and the Forts on the Delaware. Resolved, with the other Generals, to attack the English at or near Germantown. The plan of attack. The attack and its results. (Copy.)

XLVII, 81b (OS) Washington, George (1732-1799).
to a Member of Congress
1777 October 5L. 1p.XLVII, 81b (OS)

In regard to the battle of Germantown and the causes which hindered it from being a success. Copy.

LXI, 120 Ponteney, ----- de.
to [Julien-Pierre] de La Faye
1777 October 8L. in 3d P.LXI, 120

Rocquencourt. Enclosing a letter to be delivered to Benjamin Franklin.

XLVII, 84b A Member of Congress.
to ------- ------
1777 October 10L. 3p.XLVII, 84b

Yorktown. In regard to the cause of the retreat of the American forces at the battle of Germantown and the results of the battle in killed and wounded. Captain [John] Barry recaptured the [Pennsylvania] frigate Delaware, recently captured by the English. The condition of the American forces. (Copy.)

Other Descriptive Information: See also: A General Officer to ------ ------, 4 October 1777; XLVII, 84b

XLVII, 82 Yates, Thomas L..
to ----- Murphy, [Prisoner on HMS Aeolus]
1777 October 10A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 82

Admiral's House. The Admiral informed by several of the principal people in trade here, that were he to be delivered up he would probably be executed on this Island, and, fearing his escape, he thought proper to keep him in irons until one of His Majesty's ships is sent to England.

XLVIII, 155 Folger, John.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1777 October 11A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 155

Is willing to undertake a certain secret mission.

VII, 88a Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806.
to General [John] Burgoyne
1777 October 11L. 2p.VII, 88a

Saratoga. Acknowledging his Excellency's letter by lady Ackland; surprised that the General should consider the greatest attention to Lady A. in the light of an obligation. Cruelties practised by the English army during their retreat are without a precedent among civilized people. His Excellency's friend, Sir Francis Clark, languishes under a very dangerous wound, but is treated with every tenderness and attention. Offers Major Williams and Major Meiborn in exchange for Colonel Ethan Allen. (Copy enclosed in letter of John Langdon of October 29, 1777, see VII, 88.)

XLVII, 83 (OS) Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806.
to John Hancock
1777 October 12A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 83 (OS)

Camp at Saratoga. Skirmishes that took place near Saratoga, and their results. Major General [Benedict] Arnold's leg was fractured by a musket ball. A letter from [General John] Burgoyne acquainting him that he left his whole hospital to his protection, in which are 300 wounded officers and soliders. The enemy retreated to the opposite side of the Fish Kill and burned everything before them. Desertion has taken deep root in the Royal Army, particularly among the Germans.

XLVII, 85 Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806.
to the President of the Council of Massachusetts Bay
1777 October 19L.S. 2p.XLVII, 85

Albany. Incloses a copy of a convention by which Lieutenant-General Burgoyne surrendered himself and his whole army. General [John] Glover and General [William] Whipple, with proper guard of militia, escort them to Boston. Is pushing his army forward to stop the cruel career of General [John] Vaughan up Hudson's River. (Copy.)

LXXVII, 50 Blakey, William, 1712-1771.
to [Jean François Clement] Morand
1777 October 20D. 15p.LXXVII, 50

Amsterdam. Concerning dispute over smelting of iron with coal. In French. Enclosed originally with letter to B. Franklin from Blakey; January 9, 1778. See: VIII, 25.

XLVII, 86 Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799.
to Rawleigh Colston
1777 October 20L.S. 2p.XLVII, 86

Williamsburg, Virginia. Appointed to act as Agent for Virginia in the Island of Hispaniola. His duties and the directions which he is to observe. (Copy.)

LXIV, 54 Cauvou.
to the Board of War at Boston
1777 October 26D.S. 1p.LXIV, 54

Boston. Promise to pay Jonathan Loring Austin, for their account, passage money to Nantes or other port of France.

LXIV, 55 Franval, Charles-Louis-Simon, Chevalier de.
to the Board of War at Boston
1777 October 26D.S. 1p.LXIV, 55

Boston. Promise to pay Jonathan Loring Austin, for their account, passage money to Nantes or other port of France.

XXXIX, 17 Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1777 October 30A.L.S. 3p.XXXIX, 17

The Hague. The demand of the Dutch merchants accorded. Believes his services can be of some use to America; risk involved in his present position; depends on him to hear as soon as possible of the success of their scheme. (In French.)

XLVII, 87 Oliphant, J..
to W[illia]m Carmichael
1777 October 31A.D.S. 3p.XLVII, 87

In regard to the purchase of vessels for the purpose of scouring the North Seas. Terms on which these vessels are being bought. Heard that an engagement had taken place between General Washington and General Howe, and that the former was defeated with heavy loss. Instructions to Letters of Marque. General Howe landed in Oak River.

LVI(i), 15 Welch, John.
to ----- Floyd
[1777 October]A.L.S. 2p.LVI(i), 15

Directions for obtaining assistance for him from Dr. Franklin.

XLVII, 88 Voltaire, 1694-1778.
to Madame Duboccage
1777 November 2L. 2p.XLVII, 88

Ferney. Reply about his tragedy "Alzire." Says he is not a genius but an man of eighty-four weighed down with infirmities, half poet and of philosopher. Will soon rejoin his old masters, Socrates and Sophos. Compliments Mme. Duboccage. If he desired anything now, would be to return to Paris to enjoy her agreeable society. His niece has been very ill also. (In French. Copy.)

XLVII, 89 Wuybert, Antoine-Félix.
to ---- Troyes, Paris
1777 November 11A.L.S 1p.XLVII, 89

Paris. Still a prisoner. Claims the right to be included in the first exchange being a French officer of high rank, in the service of the United State. Would like his fellow prisoner, a French Lieutenant-Colonel of cavalry to be exchanged at same time; have to endure all kinds of hardship an privations. Requests him to confer with Messrs. Franklin and Dear about their release. In French.

XLVII, 90 (OS) Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792.
to General [Horatio] Gates
1777 November 14L.S. 2p.XLVII, 90 (OS)

Cambridge. Account of the forces under his command on the day of signing the Convention. The British troops accomplished the march without any complaint on their part or against them. Complains of the miserable quarters given him and his officers. Alleges a breach of public faith. (Copy.)

VII, 110 Mackean, William.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1777 November 15A.L.S. 2p.VII, 110

London. Taken prisoner on the sloop Catharine, bound from Bordeaux to Boston; brought to Portsmouth and kept there thirteen weeks upon suspicion; received his discharge, but is destitute; desires Franklin to assist him to return home; refers him to the bearer, M. Millin de la Brosse, who was one of his fellow sufferers.

XLVII, 91 (OS) Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792.
to General [William] Heath
1777 November 20D.S. 1p.XLVII, 91 (OS)

Cambridge. Received a paper dated Headquarters, Boston, November 20, purporting to be founded upon the express from the Congress, which he returns as inadmissible because it extends to matters in which the Congress has no right to interfere. Before any lists are granted he must be assured of purpose for which they are intended and the word order must neither be mentioned or implied. (Copy.)

XLVII, 92 (OS) Heath, William, 1737-1814.
to General [John] Burgoyne
1777 November 21L.S. 2p.XLVII, 92 (OS)

Headquarters, Boston. Informs him that the Continental Congress has a right in matters of the Convention. Wants to ascertain the number of officers and men comprehended in the Convention that in case any of them, contrary to their faith, should again bear arms against the Colonies in the present war they may be convicted of the offence. The other list necessary for the Quartermasters and Commissaries. Hopes they will be sent for the purposes mentioned without delay. (Copy.)

Other Descriptive Information: See also: Burgoyne to Heath, 20 November 1777; XLVII, 91 (OS).

XLVII, 93 (OS) Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792.
to General [William] Heath
1777 November 23L.S. 2p.XLVII, 93 (OS)

Cambridge. Insists that Congress, as the executive power of the State, has no right to issue an order to persons not their subjects, on a matter no way relating to the civil government of the country. Defies him to find a single instance in the history of military conventions, when any security was demanded of the surrendered army not to serve for a limited time, other than the pledge of National faith. Looks upon the reasons given for demanding a descriptive list, as an insult to his country. Calls attention to the fact that Sir Guy Carleton and he released from Canada many hundred Continental prisoners, upon the bare parole of not serving against the King till exchanged. (Copy.)

XLVII, 94 (OS) Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792.
to General [William] Heath
1777 November 24L.S. 1p.XLVII, 94 (OS)

Cambridge. Received dispatch from Sir William Howe informing him that transports were preparing, with all possible expedition, to carry the troops under the Convention to England. Begs the favor of an interview as soon as possible, that he may settle the matter in regard to the embarkation, so as to prevent any delays. Also desires to discuss, and finally to settle, the several matters at present in agitation between them. (Copy.)

VII, 131 Morris, Thomas, 1750-1778.
to Jonathan Williams, [Jr.]
1777 December 5A.L.S. 2p.VII, 131

Nantes. Finds it necessary to have an assistant in conducting the business committed on him by the Secret Committee; offer this position on certain terms to Mr. Williams.

XXXVII, 123 Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Thomas Morris
1777 December 5A.L.S. 1p.XXXVII, 123

Nantes. Agreeable to his request, consents to take an active part in the business committed to Mr. Morrris' care by the Secret Committee of Congress.

XLVII, 96 Trumbull, Jonathan, 1710-1785.
to President [Henry] Laurens
1777 December 12L. 1p.XLVII, 96

Lebanon. Expresses his opinion that the British troops ought not to be embarked at any other port but that stipulated in the Convention. Hears that the Governor and Council of Rhode Island sent a protest to Boston, against their march to and embarkation at Rhode Island. Incloses a copy of a letter from General [Robert] Pigot to General Burgoyne relative to the embarkation of Burgoyne's troops at Rhode Island. (Copy.)

XLVIII, 156 (OS) Gérard, Conrad Alexandre, 1729-1790.
to [Silas] Deane
1777 December 19L. in 3d P. 1p.XLVIII, 156 (OS)

Requests him to send with his letter, a letter of credit for 15, 000 livres payable at place of destination. (In French. Copy.)

XLVII, 97 Willing, Morris, and Company.
to Thomas Morris, Nantes
1777 December 20A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 97

Manheim, Pennsylvania. Forbid him to draw, for balances due them, upon any of their friends in England or any part of Europe. Hope, that should he have drawn or received any money previous to the receipt of this letter, he employed it in making such payments as they have at various times directed him. Direct him to deliver such money as he may have in his hands to John Ross, of Philadelphia, now in Europe, who is the bearer of this letter. Request him to make up all account and to pay the balance, should there be one in their favor, to Mr. Ross. Inform him that as the copartnership in which he was concerned is dissolved, they must settle all accounts; promise to pay him anything that may be due him and desire him to be ready to pay them what may be due them.

LXX, 33 Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to William Temple Franklin
[1777 December 23]A.L. 1p.LXX, 33

Sorry to hear that Franklin and his grandson have company at their house on Christmas day and cannot dine with her. Hopes Franklin will call in the evening to take tea and hear some music. (In French.)

XLVII, 98 (OS) Morris, Robert, 1734-1806.
to Henry Laurens, President of Congress
1777 December 26A.L.S. 7p.XLVII, 98 (OS)

Manheim, [Pennsylvania]. Relative to the disgrace his brother brought upon him. An account of his brother's early life and the circumstances which induced him to recommend his brother to the agency in Europe. Accounts for his granting greater faith to his brother's presentation of his conduct that to the Commissioner's letters. Earnestly regrets what he has been guilty of and promises to make suitable acknowledgments to both Dr. Franklin and Mr. [Silas] Deane. (Copy.)

XLVIII, 157 (OS) Morris, Robert, 1734-1806.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1777 December 27L.S. 5p.XLVIII, 157 (OS)

Manheim, Pennsylvania. Explanations in regard to his previous letters relative to the misconduct of his brother, Thomas Morris, and his resolve to disow him as a brother, friend, or connection of any kind. (In duplicate.)

LXII, 5 (OS) Bissy, Stefano, Baron de.
to Comte de St. Germain, Minister of War
[1777]Mem. in 3d P. 2p.LXII, 5 (OS)

Offers his invention of a cheval-de-frise for the protection of the infantry. In French.

LXX, 31a Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to William Temple Franklin
[1777]A.N. in 3d P. 1p.LXX, 31a

Passy. Requesting him to remind his Grandfather of his promise to come and take tea with her and play a game of chess. In French.

LVII, 108 Guérin, -----.
to [Thomas-François] Dalibard
[1777]Mem. 2p.LVII, 108

Request him to obtain Dr. Franklin's influence for his son, who wishes to secure orders for shipments of salt to the United States. In French.

LXII, 131 (OS) Unidentified.
to M. D'Alibart
[1777]L. in 3d P. 1p.LXII, 131 (OS)

Begs his intercession with Dr. Franklin to obtain service in the American army. In French.

XLVII, 99 Bradford, John, 1735-1784.
to Messrs. [Thomas] Morris and [William] Lee
1778 January 10A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 99

Boston. Requests them, on the delivery of the cargo on board the brig Tryton, to pay Captain P[eter] Collas £80, being an allowance made him for his primage; also to pay him three shillings four pence, for his daily expenses.

VIII, 30a Jenneux, ------.
to ----- -----
1778 January 10L. 2p.VIII, 30a

Has seen M. [Barbeu] Du Bourg this morning. Encloses a note (1 p.), from him. Wishes to arrange an interview with Dr. Franklin. In French.

VIII, 30b Unidentified.
to ----- -----
[1778 January 10]N. 1p.VIII, 30b

Caffe Anglois, Rue Jacob, [Paris]. Franklin intended to take him to meet with Courtney Melmoth on Thursday, but was waylaid by a valet of Mr. Deane's. He must dine in Paris on Tuesday and Wednesday; afterwards he intends to arrange another meeting. In French.

VIII, 31 Burnell, John.
to ------ Lampre
1778 January 11A.L.S. 2p.VIII, 31

Mill Prison. Asks to be supplied with £50 and begs him not to let anyone have the boat without an order from him.

IX, 47a Burnell, John.
to [Jean Baptiste] Le Roy
1778 January 11A.L.S. 1p.IX, 47a

Plymouth, Mill Prison. Has received no answers to his letters to M. Dulonprey; has written for fifty pounds; desires him to be careful of the boat, brig and cargo.

VIII, 54 Saltonstall, Gurdon, 1708-1785.
to Silas Deane
1778 January 22A.L.S. 1p.VIII, 54

Weathersfield, Vermont. Family news. Congratulations on the victory over Burgoyne; thinks it will produce from France a declaration of war against Great Britain. Expects General Washington to gain a victory over General Howe, before May next. Health and enthusiasm of the American troops remarkable. This letter is carried by Deane's son, Jesse.

XLVII, 100 Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789.
to President [Henry] Laurens
1778 January 31L.S. 4p.XLVII, 100

North Carolina. When he arrived at the place that Captain [John] Folg(i)er mentioned, he showed him a package addressed to himself, which he claimed contained papers for Congress. Governor Caswell found in the packet papers addressed to John Hancock, [Robert] Morris and other members of Congress. There were also several letters, endorsed "dispatches," which he did not open. Asserts that he again put all the letters and dispatches under the original cover and, after giving Folg(i)er the pass mentioned, sent him on, firmly persuaded that the papers to the President contained matters of an interesting nature to the States. Thinks if Folg(i)er has not delivered the packet he has certainly some design in secreting it, and hopes Congress may get such information as may enable them to do him justice. (Copy.)

XLVII, 102 Cullman, David. Hall, Elijah, 1742-1830. Simpson, Thomas.
to John Paul Jones
1778 February 4A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 102

Ranger. They thought that Captain Matthew Parke, of the Marine Department, embarked on board the "Ranger" with a view of acting according to his rank in a frigate which he was to take the command of, on their arrival in France. Are informed that no Caption of Marines is allowed to any vessel under twenty guns. They take it as a hardship that a person in his capacity should remain in the ship to take the fourth part of the three-twentieths belonging to them, of any prize-money. Request him to dispose of Captain Parke in such a manner that he may not interfere with them in any future division. (Copy.)

XLVIII, 158 Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Silas Deane
1778 February 10A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 158

[On board the] Ranger. Encloses a letter for the Commissioners, and the latest newspapers.

VIII, 108 Nicholson, Samuel, 1743-1811.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1778 February 12A.L.S. 3p.VIII, 108

Quiberon Bay. Account of his joining the French fleet, which has been impatiently waiting for four weeks. By order of Mr. [Arthur] Lee has Mr. Wiliam?] Stevenson on board as passanger; warns Mr. Deane against him and also against Mr. Lloyd at Nantes. His ship, crew, time of ailing, etc.

XLVII, 101 Baudin, François.
to Colonel [Thomas] Conway, Paris
1778 February 13A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 101

St. Martin, [Isle de Ré]. Learned from a cousin of Colonel Conway that he was in Paris. Baudin's son is now second lieutenant on the frigate Lion in the service of the United States Congress. Would like to receive some cargoes from the United States; could easily dispose of them with advantage to shippers. Mr. Duffield stayed with him a few weeks. Presumes he has now arrived at Philadelphia with Captain Barry. (In French.)

VIII, 112 Cushing, Thomas, 1725-1788.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1778 February 13A.L.S. 1p.VIII, 112

Boston. Recommending Mr. William Cooper, Jr., to Mr. Deane's friendly notice. Trusts that the army may be speedily filled up, so that General Washington may be in a situation to drive General Howe and his army out of Philadelphia.

XLVII, 103 Parke, Matthew.
to John Paul Jones
1778 February 19A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 103

Ranger. Has a copy of the petition from the Lieutenants and Master asking that he be disposed of so that he may not participate in prize-money Knows of no resolution such as stated, and he has a right to a share of the two prizes taken on the passage. Expected to go on board the frigate under his command but it had sailed. Requests discharge from the ship that he may return to America on the frigate Deane. (Copy.)

LI, 13 Raudière, J.-D. Ramier de.
to the Generous Protectors of the Arts and Talents
1778 February 25A. 21p.LI, 13

A poem. (In French.)

XLVIII, 159 Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Silas Deane
1778 February 26L.S. 4p.XLVIII, 159

Ranger, Quiberon. Account of the first naval salute between the French and Americans. Cordial reception from the French officers. Hopes soon to be able to report successes over the English. (Copy.)

LVII, 14b (OS) Kermorvan, Gilles-Jean Barazer, Chevalier de, 1740-1817.
to [Alexandre-Marie-Léonor de Saint-Mauris], Prince de Montbarrey
1778 February 28L. 1p.LVII, 14b (OS)

Requests him to ratify his brevet as Colonel in the service of the United States. In French.

XLVIII, 73 Unidentified.
to Mme. Melmoth, Paris
1778 March 15L. 1p.XLVIII, 73

Introducing M. Monié as one of his friends and the artist who has executed a bust of Dr. Franklin, in bronze gilt with gold. Requests Mme. Melmoth to present the portrait to Dr. Franklin. M. Monié not wealthy and he hopes she will suggest to Dr. Franklin that he recompense him generously.

VIII, 178 La Goaner and Company.
to Silas Deane
1778 March 18 VIII, 178

La Cowgnele. Concerning the prizes taken by Captain [Gustavus] Conyngham; willing to pay the Captain what they owe in discharge of their account; his arrival momentarily expected. (In French.)

Separated material: A.L.S. 3p.

XLVII, 104a De La Porte, Jean B..
to Captain [John Paul] Jones
1778 March 20L.S. 1p.XLVII, 104a

Brest. Contrary winds prevented M. de Barre from sailing. Is ready to certify that Captain Jones could not set sail any sooner from Camaret. (In French. Copy in duplicate.)

XLVII, 104b Beausset, Antoine Hilarion de, Chevalier de, 1725-1790.
to Captain [John Paul] Jones
1778 March 22L.S. 1p.XLVII, 104b

Brest. Warns Captain Jones that his anchorage, at Camaret, may become very dangerous, if the wind changes. Thinks he should get under way at first chance and sail for Brest, where he could wait in security for favorable winds and weather to set sail for his destination. Advises him to take a pilot to get in safely to Brest. (In French. Copy in duplicate.)

Other Descriptive Information: See also: De La Porte to Jones, 20 March 1778; XLVII, 104a

XLVII, 105 Collas, Peter.
to Jonathan Williams, Jr., Nantes
1778 March 22A.L.S. 3p.XLVII, 105

Plymouth. Sailed from Boston, January 14, and took every precaution to avoid every vessel but, owing to his pilot deceiving him by telling him that Captain Agnew was an American privateer, he was captured. Had letters for various persons, but most of them were taken from him. Was a prisoner in Guernsey for eight days, but is now at Plymouth. Expects to be in Jersey soon, where he has many friends. Hopes for a reconciliation between America and England but wishes the Colonies will never come to any terms but what are honorable and advantageous to her; the cruel barbarous usage he has seen, he will never forget.

VIII, 193 Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Silas Deane
1778 March 25A.L.S. 4p.VIII, 193

Brest. Giving in detail his reasons for not sailing before. Mentions a project or scheme of his which has been approved of by M. La Motte Picquet and M. [Jean B.] De La Porte; afraid to communicate it by letter as a premature discovery of it might prove fatal. (Copy.)

XLVIII, 160 Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Silas Deane
1778 March 25L.S. 5p.XLVIII, 160

Ranger, Brest. Causes of unavoidable delays. Preparations for a new cruise.

XXXVII, 140 Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Silas Deane
1778 March 26A.L.S. 4p.XXXVII, 140

Nantes. Question of his drafts receiving proper approbation. Measures proposed in the affair of the prizes. Mr. Deane's enemies; cannot believe his [Williams's] friend C. could be guilty of such baseness. Slanders against himself caused by Mr. Deane's recall.

XLVIII, 161 Le Couteulx et Cie. Louis, Joseph.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1778 March 27A.L.S. 3p.XLVIII, 161

Cadiz. Commercial transactions. Arrival of Captain Gustavus Conyngham of the Revenge.

VIII, 215 Hodge, William.
to ------
1778 March 31A.L.S. 3p.VIII, 215

Cadiz. Account of his cruize since leaving Bilboa; number of prizes captured; chased by two English frigates; final arrival at Cadiz; desires advice and orders.

XLVIII, 162 Le Couteulx et Cie. Louis, Joseph.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1778 March 31A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 162

Cadiz. Notice of the arrival of a ship from Charlestown, with news of a fire there which destroyed 400 houses. Refusal to admit English ships into the port of Cadiz.

XLVIII, 163 MacCreery, William.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1778 March 31A.L.S. 3p.XLVIII, 163

Bordeaux. Help solicited to enable Captain Castle to leave the port for Amsterdam. The hard lot of the Americans.

LXX, 86 Dufourny de Villiers, Louis-Pierre.
to Silas Deane
[1778 Before April 1]N. in 3d P. 1p.LXX, 86

Wishes to know at what time Franklin comes to Paris, so as to confer with him on American affairs. (In French.)

XLVIII, 164 Cathalant, Etienne.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1778 April 1L.S. 4p.XLVIII, 164

Marseilles. Congratulations on the recognition of the independence of the United States by the powers of Europe. Has had frequent commerical connections with America. Would like to be appointed American Consult Marseilles and reommends Mr. John Forbes for the office of interpreter.

XLVIII, 164.5 Fairholme and Luther.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1778 April 3A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 164.5

St. Martin, Isle of Ré. Thanks for assistance in a commercial case. Now, that the Treaty of Commerce is signed, would like to know the duties on American fish and oil.

LXI, 23c (OS) Johnson, Thomas, 1732-1819.
to Joshua Johnson
1778 April 3A.L.S. 1p.LXI, 23c (OS)

Annapolis. Enclosing resolutions of the Assembly and instructions for his guidance. (Copy.)

XLVIII, 165 MacCreery, William.
to Silas Deane
1778 April 4A.L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 165

Bordeaux. News of the safe arrival of Mr. Deane's son [Jesse] and of Mr. J[ohn] Adams and son.

XLVIII, 166 Ross, John, 1729-1800.
to Silas Deane
1778 April 4A.L.S. 3p.XLVIII, 166

Nantes. Relative to the seizure of the papers of Thomas Morris, former [American] Agent at Nantes.

XLIV, 138 Unidentified.
to William Temple Franklin
1778 April 4A.L. 1p.XLIV, 138

Expects Dr. Franklin to dinner. Would like him to remain for tea. Requests him, if he has any favorite tea, to bring some in his pocket. Would like Mme. Brillon to come also. In French.

VIII, 178a Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to La Goaner and Co.
1778 April 6A. Dr. of L.VIII, 178a

Paris. Desires him to send all remittances from the sale of prizes to their banker, [Rodolphe] F[erdinand] Grand.

IX, 18 Massieu, ------.
to [Silas Deane]
1778 April 6A.L.S. 4p.IX, 18

Caen. Concerning a gentleman of noble birth, John Lewis Dumesnil, Esq. Sieur de St. Pierre, who was obliged, eleven years before, to leave his country, his wife and only daughter, and retire to Carolina, where he attained some success; report of his having been killed while serving Congress in the present war; until this report is confirmed it is impossible to recover the value of his estates in favor of his daughter Begs that through his or Dr. Franklin's influence a certificate of his death may be procured. Asks advice as to establishing a commercial house in Maryland or Virginia.

XLVIII, 167 Le Couteulx et Cie. Louis, Joseph.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1778 April 7L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 167

Cadiz. Notice of the arrival of two merchant ships from Carolina. Congratulations upon the treaty between France and the United States.

XLVIII, 168 Cathalant, Etienne.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1778 April 10L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 168

Marseilles. Introducing his son and Mr. John Turnbull, of the Gibraltar firm of Livingston and Turnbull.

IX, 34 Coffyn, Francis.
to Silas Deane, Passy
1778 April 12A.L.S. 3p.IX, 34

Dunkirk. No declaration of war having been made since the treaty, French commissions cannot be granted to merchants who were inclined to fit out privateers to annoy the common enemy; asks if those merchants could obtain their commissions from Congress; lays before Dr. Franklin the plan of Captain Christopher Farron, a noted Irish smuggler who, if given a commission, would undertake to capture a certain rich linen ship which loads at Dublin four times a year for London. In duplicate (See also: XLVIII, 169).

XLVIII, 169 Coffyn, Francis.
to Silas Deane, Passy
1778 April 12A.L.S. 3p.XLVIII, 169

Dunkirk. No declaration of war having been made since the treaty, French commissions cannot be granted to merchants who were inclined to fit out privateers to annoy the common enemy; asks if those merchants could obtain their commissions from Congress; lays before Dr. Franklin the plan of Captain Christopher Farron, a noted Irish smuggler who, if given a commission, would undertake to capture a certain rich linen ship which loads at Dublin four times a year for London. In duplicate (See also: IX, 34).

XLVIII, 170 Ingersoll, Jared, 1749-1822.
to Silas Deane, Passy
1778 April 12A.L.S. 3p.XLVIII, 170

Calais. Asks advice respecting a continued residence in Calais.

XLVIII, 171 Le Blanc, Jacques-Robert.
to [Silas] Deane, Passy
1778 April 12A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 171

Versailles. Has presented a note to the Minister of War with reference to his claim against Mr. Deane, in connection with his journey and his services in America as an officer of cavalry. Was induced by the gentlemen in the Ministry to offer to settle his claim amicably with Mr. Deane, instead of having recourse to the courts of law. Requests Mr. Deane, to make an appointment with him at Versailles for that purpose. (In French.)

XLVIII, 172 Le Couteulx et Cie. Louis, Joseph.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1778 April 14L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 172

Cadiz. Notice of the arrival of merchant ship from Carolina laden with rice and staves. The cutter Revenge, Captain Conyngham commanding, ready to put to sea again.

XLVIII, 175 Terrasson, Antoine.
to Silas Deane
1778 April 20A.L.S. 2p.XLVIII, 175

Lyons. His son Barthelemy Terrasson is about to sail from Cadiz, on the French ship L'heroine to make a tour of North America. May settle in business there, if prospects are good. Requests Mr. Deane to send him letters of introduction to prominent people in the United States.

XLVIII, 176 Le Couteulx et Cie. Louis, Joseph.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1778 April 21L.S. 1p.XLVIII, 176

Cadiz. The brig Success, Captain Richard Harding commanding, has arrived from Carolina. Captures by the English frigate, Alarm.

IX, 74 Dufresne, Bertrand, 1736-1801.
to M. de la Grange
1778 April 24A.L.S. 1p.IX, 74

Paris. Sorry that circumstances do not permit his asking any kind of pecuniary favor from the Minister of Finance. (In French.)

XLVII, 106 Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Thomas Simpson
1778 April 26A.L.S. 2p.XLVII, 106

Ranger. Appoints him commander of their prize, the English ship of war Drake. Instructions which he is to observe. (Copy. In duplicate.)

IX, 82 Pringle, John Julius, 1753-1843.
to Ralph Izard
1778 April 26A.L.S. 2p.IX, 82

Paris. The substance of a conversation between himself and Dr. Franklin on the subject of a letter he delivered to him from Mr. Izard [IX, 78, see Vol. I, p. 403] in which his grievances were set forth and an explanation demanded. (Copy.)

LX, 78 (OS) Cannon, A. Theodore.
Letter on emigration to the United States
1778 April 29L.S. 2p.LX, 78 (OS)

Granville. Wishes to settle in the United States, near New York. Requests a free passage for himself and family.

LXXI, 120 Monfort de Lusignan, Madame.
to Mme. [Anne-Louise Elie] de Beaumont, Paris
1778 April 29A.L.S. 1p.LXXI, 120

Paris. Recommending two young people, brother and sister, who are seeking employment. (In French.)

IX, 109 Coder, Henry, 1738-1780.
to William Temple Franklin
1778 May 2A.L.S. 1p.IX, 109

Paris. Begging him to find the plan of Gibraltar which was submitted to Dr. Franklin by M. [Barbeu] Du Bourg, and to give it to his servant; desires news of Mr. [Jonathan] Williams [Jr.]'s health. In French.

XLVII, 107 Finlay, Robert.
to Arthur Lee, Paris
1778 May 2A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 107

Bordeaux. Major Fraser thinks a large quantity of copper would be useful and necessary to the United Colonies. Could contract for the delivery of any quantity, with such stamp as should be thought proper.

XLVII, 108 Watson, James.
to Captain [Robert] Niles
1778 May 6A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 108

New London Harbor. Requests him to make inquiries with regard to type casting and to take the advice of Dr. Franklin and Mr. Deane as to the practicability of type founding in America; if an operator can be persuaded to come to this State, he may depend upon constant employment and generous wages.

XLVII, 106a Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Thomas Simpson
1778 May 7A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 106a

Ranger. An order informing him that he is suspended, and is under arrest for disobeying his orders of April 26. Copy. In duplicate (See also: XLVII, 109).

XLVII, 109 Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Thomas Simpson
1778 May 7A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 109

Ranger. An order informing him that he is suspended, and is under arrest for disobeying his orders of April 26. Copy. In duplicate (See also: XLVII, 106a).

Other Descriptive Information: See also: Jones to Simpson, 26 April 1778; XLVII, 106

XLIV, 22 Unidentified.
to Silas Deane, Paris
1778 May 7A.L. 2p.XLIV, 22

At Camp. No words to express the universal joy the good news sent over by his brother has diffused to all the hearts of patriots. Yesterday had solemn rejoicings at camp for which purpose the army was under arms. After part of the articles of the Treaty were read to the troops, thanksgiving followed and a discourse in praise of His Most Christian Majesty and those who brought about this happy work; other details of the celebration; effect of this treaty on the war. Rejoices at his now acknowledged rank in France and wishes to see him in Paris so soon as the writer shall think himself useless in the station he is.

XLVII, 111a Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to Jonathan Williams, Jr.
1778 May 8A.L.S. 1p.XLVII, 111a

Chaillot. Mr. [John D.] Schweighauser complained of being molested in his office of Deputy Commercial Agent. He stated how, and by whom, and sent the proofs. After full enquiry, did him the justice his complaint merited. Received his letter desiring the Commissioners either to enable him to do his business unmolested or entirely discharge him from their service. Requests him to specify by whom and how he has been molested that he may do him justice, for a complaint as vague as he made, cannot be put before his colleagues nor receive redress. (Copy.)

IX, 134 Manieu, -----.
to Silas Deane
1778 May 9A.L.S. 2p.IX, 134

Caen. M. Perrée, of Granville, is to command the ship Esmangard on her voyage to Boston or Charleston; he can be trusted with any goods, letters or passengers, Dr. Franklin may desire to send over.

IX, 144 Delagrange, Dominique Lefebvre.
to Silas Deane
1778 May 10A.L.S. 2p.IX, 144

Brancourt. Unable to support his family, consisting of a wife and five children, on the slender pittance he receives; in want of the very necessaries of life; begs assistance; refers him to various people for the truth of these assertions. In French. For a duplicate letter sent to Franklin, see: IX, 143.

XLVII, 112 Thornton, J..
to [Jonathan Williams, Jr.]
1778 May 13L. in 3d P. 1p.XLVII, 112