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

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

Scope and content

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

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

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

Collection information

Restrictions

Restrictions on Use:

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

Provenance

Acquired variously.

Preferred citation

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

Processing information

Encoded and recatalogued, 2003.

General physical description

733 items

Related material

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Naval History Note

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

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

Early American History Note

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

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

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

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

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Philosophical Society.
  • Junto

Geographic Name(s)

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

Personal Name(s)

  • Bache, Sarah Franklin, 1743-1808
  • Bingham, William, 1752-1804
  • Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d’Hardancourt, 1744-1824
  • Chaumont, Jacques-Donatien Leray de, 1725-1803
  • Childs, Francis, 1763-1830
  • Cook, James, 1728-1779
  • Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
  • Franklin, Deborah Read Rogers, 1708-1774
  • Franklin, William Temple, 1760-1823
  • Franklin, William, 1731-1813
  • Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803
  • Genet, Edme Jacques, 1726-1781
  • Greene, Catharine Ray, 1731-1794
  • Greene, William, 1731-1809
  • Hall, David, 1714-1772
  • Hartley, David, ca. 1731-1813
  • Helvétius, Anne-Catherine, 1719?-1800
  • Hewson, Mary Stevenson, 1739-1795
  • Hill, Henry, 1732-1798
  • Ingersoll, Jared, 1722-1781
  • Jackson, Richard, ca. 1721-1787
  • Jay, John, 1745-1829
  • Laurens, Henry, 1724-1792
  • Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800
  • Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792
  • Mecom, Jane, 1712-1794
  • Price, Richard, 1723-1791
  • Stevenson, Margaret, ca.1706-1783
  • Strahan, William, 1715-1785
  • Vergennes, Charles Gravier, Comte de, 1719-1787
  • Waring, John, 1716-1794
  • Williams, Jonathan
  • Wistar, Caspar, 1761-1818

Subject(s)

  • African Americans--Education
  • Electricity--Early works to 1800
  • Postal service--United States
  • Printers--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
  • Stamp Act, 1765
Collection overview
1710-1793531 items

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

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

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

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

1788-179731 items

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

Mss.B.F85.br  Mme Brillon Collection
1778-178819 items

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

1783-179519 items

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

1751-178427 items

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

1753-176741 items

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

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

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

1791-1870 4.0 Volume(s) 757 p.

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

Mss.B.F85.di  Diplomas
1753-1786 
1753 

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

  

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



Detailed Inventory
Mss.B.F85.[numeral] Benjamin Franklin Miscellaneous Collection
1710-1793531 items

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

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

General physical description: 531 items

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

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

General physical description: Photocopy,1p.

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 4p.

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

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

General physical description: DS, 1p.

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

In hand of Charles Thomson

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

General physical description: Photo., 5p.

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

Provenance: From original in Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

General physical description: Photostat of DS, 1p.

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

Presented by Morris Duane; Dec.1969.

General physical description: DS, 1p.

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

Att: Nicholas Waln [and] John Patton.

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

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

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

General physical description: DS, 1p.

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

Seal Witnessed: B. Franklin et al

General physical description: D.S. 2p.

Koyle, Michael. Estate.
Account with John Read
1741 April 20-1743 Sept. 26; 1749 October 23DS, 1p.B F85.290

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

General physical description: DS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: DS, 2p.

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

Presented by Willman Spawn; 1966.

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

General physical description: Photocopy,2p.

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

Relative to founding of the APS.

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

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

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

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: ADS Cy, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: Pr. DS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

Presented by Robert B. Fisher; 1961.

General physical description: Photo., 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: (see film 1052.)

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

Orders maps for Assembly.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: LS Cy, 2p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Meuris, Matthias. Estate of.
List of debts due sundry persons
ca.1747AMs, 1p.B F85.x59

Debt to Benjamin Franklin - £42.

General physical description: AMs, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 3p.

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

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: 3p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

Fragment.

General physical description: A.L. 2p.

Koyle, Michael, Estate of.
Account with T. Leech and B. Franklin
1749 Sept. 29-1751 April 24; 1751 August 6DS. 1p.B F85.289

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

General physical description: DS. 1p.

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

In hand of Jane Mecom.

Provenance: Presented by Morris Duane; Dec 1962.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

In B. Franklin's hand.

General physical description: D, 1p.

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

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

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

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

Collinson, Peter, 1694-1768.
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin]; Lond[on]
1750 July 10 [or 11]Photostat, 3p.B F85.x43

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

Provenance: From original on Library Co.

General physical description: Photostat, 3p.

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

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

General physical description: 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Lavers, Robert.
Receipt to B. Franklin for certain books and magazines for the library
1750 Dec. 22DS, 1p.B F85.x40

In B. Franklin's hand.

General physical description: DS, 1p.

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

In B. Franklin's hand.

General physical description: DS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letters to [Cadwallader Colden]
1751 October 31Lithograph (?) of ALS, 2p.B F85.184
The Philadelphians chess society.
Rules to be accepted by members..
1752 April 24Photostat, ForgeryB F85.281
Philadelphia. Mayor, Magistrates and Wardens.
1752 July 7D.S, 9 leaves.B F85.45

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

General physical description: D.S, 9 leaves.

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

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

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

General physical description: D.S. 3p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

Copy made by Peter Collinson.

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

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

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

Pertains to a catheter.

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

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

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

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Recommendations for Justices of Berks
1752 1.0 p.

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

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

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: LS Cy, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: 2p.

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

Provenance: Presented by Arthur Bloch, Nov.1954.

General physical description: LS Cy, 7p.

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

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 3p.

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

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

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

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

Printing house in Lancaster.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

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

Electrical experiments.

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

General physical description: Photostat

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

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: Copy of L. 3p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

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

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: AD, 2p.

Braddock, Edward, 1695-1755.
Commission to [John] Read, as waggon master; Fort Cumberland
1755 May 21DS, 1p.B F85.x7b
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Pass for John Bickner and John Myfield permitting them to go to the new road in Cumberland county for clearing same
1755 May 30ADS, 1p.B F85.264

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

General physical description: ADS, 1p.

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

Presented by Julian P. Boyd, July 1947.

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

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Scott, Thomas.
Certification that wages are due to John Read for his services as wagon master during the Braddock campaign
1755 Oct. 1ADS, 1p.B F85.x7c

Scott was wagon master general.

General physical description: ADS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

Presented by Morris Duane; Dec.1962.

General physical description: ALS, 5p.

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

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

Parker, George, 2nd earl of Macclesfield, 1697-1764.
Recommendation of Benjamin Franklin for election to membership in the Royal Society of London
1756 Jan. 29Photograph of D.S: Macclesfield. . .P. Collinson and others. 1p.B F85.x19
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Jane Mecom]
1756 February 12Repro. of ALS. 1p.B F85.437

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

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

Sober, Sarah.
Will
1756 February --D.S. 1p.B F85.300

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

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p. 0.

Clapham, William.
Letter to B. F[ranklin]
1756 Sept. 8Photostat of extract of L. 1p.B F85.x49

Presented by W.A. Hunter, June 1954.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wister, Johannes, 1708-1789.
Receipt to Benjamin Franklin
1756 November 30 1.0 p. OS

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

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

Advice for story-tellers; old age.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

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

Subscription to the Gazette.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hubbart, James.
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin ?]
1757 Oct. 16L. 1p.B F85.x48

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

General physical description: L. 1p.

Bartram, John, 1699-1777.
Letter to B[enjamin] Franklin
1757 Nov. 12Typescript of L. 1p.Extract.B F85.x63

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 4p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

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

Freeman Guide 969.

General physical description: ALS, 14p.

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

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

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

Wright, John.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1760 Nov. 22ALS, 1p.B F85.x70
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Mr. [John] Winthrop
1761 April 8ALS, 1p.B F85.169

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

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

General physical description: ADrS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

Printed almost entirely: Smyth,4,117.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

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

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

General physical description: Photostat of newsclipping.

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

domestic affairs.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.F.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

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

Concerning business affairs in Canada.

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

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Mary Stevenson
1764 March 14ALS, 2p., end.B F85.161
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Jonathan Williams, 1719-1796
1764 April 21 1.0 p.

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

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

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

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

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mary Stevenson, Philadelphia
1764 May 4ALS, 1p.B F85.7-7
Moore, Samuel Preston.
Certification of sale of stock by the Phiadelphia Linen Manufactory to Charles Thomson
1764 Aug. 13D.S. 1p. 12x8.B F85.x3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Deborah Read Rogers, 1708-1774.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1765 Jan. 8ALS, 1pB F85.x23

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary Stevenson]
1765 January 9ALS, 2p.B F85.7-9
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Philadelphia contributionship for the insurance of houses from loss by fire
1765 Mar. 25D.S. 1p.B F85.x5

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

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: Typed L. 1p.

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

Purchased from W. B. Ingham, March 1941.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Deborah Read Rogers, 1708-1774.
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin]
1766 Jan. 12,13ALS, 3p.B F85.x24

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

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

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

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

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

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

Repeal of the Stamp Act.

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

General physical description: Enlargement of ALS, 1p.

Free, John, 1711-1791.
Letter to [Benjamin] Franklin, New York
1766 Mar. 4A.L. in 3rd. P. 2p. , end. 7-1/2x6.B F85.x65

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

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

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

Experiments in connection with steam engine.

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

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: Printed L. 1p.

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

Thanks for his work in electricity and magnetism.

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: Photostat of printed L.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

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

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

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

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

(Same idea as previous letter, but worded differently)

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

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

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

Is extremely well. He must have patience about returning.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mary [Stevenson]
1768 October 20ALS, 1p.B F85.7-13
Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824 .
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin]
1768 Nov. 6Photostat of A.L. 3p.B F85.x61

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

Location of originals: From original in L.C.

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

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

Provenance: Original in Kungliga Universities biblictetek, Uppsala.

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

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

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

General physical description: LS Cy, 4p.

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

Presented by Ed. Bury Jan.1947.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

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

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

Mary Stevenson had married William Hewson

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Deborah Read Rogers, 1708-1774.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1771 Mar. 30ALS, 1p.B F85.x25

News of family and friends, especially of Benny Bache.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: L. Facsimile.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Cushing, Thomas, 1725-1788.
Letter to Benjamin Franklyn (sic)
1771 July 20ALS, 1p.B F85.x47

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

To send portrait of Penn to Franklin. Mentions Marchant.

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

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

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

Order to pay Josiah Williams 10 guineas.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

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

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

Ms. D. in handwriting of Benjamin Franklin.

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

General physical description: 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Jonathan Williams, jr., Boston
1772 January 12ALS, 1p.B F85.258

Settlement of accounts with Mr. Warren.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

Location of originals: From original in University of Pennsylvania.

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

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

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

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

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

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

Presented by Ed. Bury, Jan. 1947.

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

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

Is well; promises to write fully by Osborn.

General physical description: ANS, 1p.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

Acknowledges election to membership.

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

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: A.D. 1p.

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

Congratulations on Bancroft's election to Royal Soc.

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

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

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

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

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

Presented by Mr. Dayton Kohler, March 1954.

General physical description: LS Cy, 1p.

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

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

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

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

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

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

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

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

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

Note that he has written more fully by other ships.

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

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

Concerning carving below sculptured work.

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

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

Forwards pamphlets for distribution among the committee.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Benjamin] Rush
1774 July 25ALS, 2p.B F85.104
Howe, Richard Howe, Earl, 1726-1799.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1775 Feb. 20ALS, 2p.B F85.x50

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

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: ADr, 1p.

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

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

Presented by Ed. Bury, Jan. 1947.

General physical description: TL Cy 1p.

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Mecom, Jane, 1712-1794.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1775 May 14Photostat, 3p.B F85.x15

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

Provenance: From original in Yale university.

General physical description: Photostat, 3p.

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

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

General physical description: Facsimile of ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

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

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

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

General physical description: LS, 2p.

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

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Read, John.
[Power of attorney to Benjamin Franklin; particularly with respect to wages due him as wagon master during the Braddock campaign]
1775 Oct. 8Pr.DS, 1p.B F85.x7a

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

General physical description: Pr.DS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: Pr.DS

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

TL Cy

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

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

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

Personal letter. Paper contains interesting watermark.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: Copy of L. 2p.

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

Certification of induction on May 21, 1776 on reverse.

General physical description: PrDS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: D. 3p.

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

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

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

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

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

General physical description: LS, 2p.

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

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

General physical description: DS, 1p.

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

The convention has granted his leave.

General physical description: ALS, lp.

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

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

General physical description: Photo., 1p.

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

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

General physical description: Photocopy D. 1p.

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

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

General physical description: LS.

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

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

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

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

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

General physical description: LS, 1p.

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

Provenance: From original in the Library of Congress.

General physical description: Photostat of D. 4p.

Williams, J.
Letter to the Commissioners of the United States
1777 June 30D.S. 4p.B F85.x41
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to unidentified recipient
1777 July 9ALS, 2p.B F85.151

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

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Mecom, Jane, 1712-1794.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1777 Aug. 18Photostat, 2p.B F85.x12

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

Provenance: Original in Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

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

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

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

General physical description: Transcript of L. 1p.

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

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

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

United States. Continental Congress..
Letter of marque to Stephen Marchant
1777 October 8Photostat, 2p.BF85.358

with certification of authenticity by Stephen Marchant. Copy.

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

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Presented by William Bell Clark.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

Returns the Carolina constitution. News of the Amphitrite.

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

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

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

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

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

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

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

Provenance: From Facsimile L.C.

General physical description: Photostat, 4p.

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

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

General physical description: LS, 2p.

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

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

General physical description: ADr, 2p.

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

French.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

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

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

General physical description: L. 2p.

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

(Latter is badly stained)

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to M. Genet
1778 April 28ALS, 1p. Seal.B F85.244

British finances. Sends resolution of Congress in re Burgeyne's army.

General physical description: ALS, 1p. Seal.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Arthur Lee
1778 April 5ALS, 1p.B F85.66

Demand for money to aid some prisoners in their journey from Dunkirk. Contains draft of Lee's reply, of same date.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Genet, Edme Jacques, 1726-1781.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1778 April 10Photostat, 2p.B F85.x29

In French.

Provenance: From original in possession of the University of Pennsylvania; cf. Franklin calendar, v.4,407.

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

Mecom, Jane, 1712-1794.
Letter to [Benjamin] Franklin, Wanwick
1778 May 5Photostat, 3p.B F85.x13

Report of Franklin's death. Fears he suffered severe loss during British occupation of Philadelphia. News of family and friends; mentions Mrs. Green.

Location of originals: Original in Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

General physical description: Photostat, 3p.

Genet, Edme Jacques, 1726-1781.
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin]
1778 May 9Photostat, 3p.B F85.x30

Provenance: From original in possession of the University of Pennsylvania; cf. Franklin calendar, v.4,408.

General physical description: Photostat, 3p.

Genet, Edme Jacques, 1726-1781.
Letter to [Benjamin] Franklin
1778 June 5Photostat, 1p.B F85.x31

Provenance: From original in possession of the University of Pennsylvania; cf. Franklin calendar,v.4,411.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [David Hartley]
1778 June 8Facsimile of ALS, 1p. 3-3/4x3-3/4.F B85.406

Proposed exchange of prisoners. From Gotheby Parks Bernet Inc. Sale catalogue Sale no. 3813B November 25, 1975, item 360.

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to "Dear Sir"
1778 June 8Photocopy, 1p.B F85.424

Refers to earlier letter of May 25. Concerns exchange of 200 English prisoners.

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Benjamin] Rush
1778 June 17Photostat, 2p.B F85.283

Introduces Mr. [H.] Archer who goes to America as a volunteer in the cavalry.

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

Genet, Edme Jacques, 1726-1781.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1778 June 17Photostat, 1p.B F85.x32

In French.

Provenance: From original in possession of the University of Pennsylvania;cf. Franklin calendar,v.4,412.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Benjamin] Rush
1778 June 17Photocopy of printed L. 1p. 9-3/4x6-1/2.B F85.413

Introduces Henry W. Archer.

General physical description: Photocopy of printed L. 1p. 9-3/4x6-1/2.

Genet, Edme Jacques, 1726-1781.
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin]
1778 June 24Photostat, 2p.B F85.x33

In French.

Provenance: From original in possession of the University of Pennsylvania; cf. Franklin calendar, v.4,413.

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

United States. Continental Congress..
Commission to Peter Colomb to serve as captain in the U.S. Army beginning April 6, 1778
1778 June 30PrDS, 1p.B F85.157

Seal. Issued in lieu of torn document dated April 6, 1778. Contains certification signed by B. Franklin as to authenticity of the document; December 20, 1780.

General physical description: PrDS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to unidentified recipient
1778 July 2ALS, 1p.B F85.119

Acknowledges the plan of the hydraulic machine at Chatou.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Genet, Edme Jacques, 1726-1781.
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin]; Vers
[1778] July 10Photostat, 4p., end.B F85.x34

Provenance: From original in possession of the University of Pennsylvania; cf. Franklin calendar,v.4,415.

General physical description: Photostat, 4p., end.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to James Lovell
1778 July 22LS Cy, 7p.B F85.25
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to the Council of Massachusetts Bay
1778 Sept. 9LS, 1p.B F85.26

Encloses a letter from [Thomas] Hutchinson to Dr. Lloyd which they have opened. Text of letter probably in the hand of John Adams.

General physical description: LS, 1p.

Bache, Sarah Franklin, 1743-1808.
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin]
1778 Oct. 22ALS, 4p.B F85.x16

Family news. High cost of living. Mr. Bache has brought back papers Dr. Franklin left with Mr. Galloway. Trustees of Academy almost all Tories.

General physical description: ALS, 4p.

United States. Continental Congress..
Resolution in re Lt.-Col. Touzard [Louis de Tousard]
1778 October 27Photocopy of ADS, Charles Thomson. 1p.B F85.405

Provenance: From original in Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

General physical description: Photocopy of ADS, Charles Thomson. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to M. [James ?] Leveux, Calais
1778 November 26ALS, 1p.B F85.206

Warns of an English cutter off Dieppe which pretends to be American. Asks that Mr. Collas's things be forwarded to him.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to M. de Chaumont
[1778] December 4ALS, 1p.B F85.27

In French. Transcribes news from America relative to the movement of the British fleet.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Genet, Edme Jacques, 1726-1781.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1778 Dec. 4Photostat, 1p.B F85.x35

Provenance: From original in possession of the University of Pennsylvania; cf. Franklin calendar, v.4,417.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Les Ephemeres [The story of the ephemera, in a letter to Mme. Brillon, summer of]
1778Copy of D. 4p., docketed by BFB F85.232

In French. For two other copies, of. FP 50(1), 39 a and b.

General physical description: Copy of D. 4p., docketed by BF

Other Descriptive Information: see also Livingston, Franklin end his press at Passey p.28.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Mme. Helvetius]
ca. 1778ADr, 4p.B F85.223
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Anne Catherine (de Ligneville d'Autricout) Helvetius
ca.1778A.L. 3p.B F85.339

(Bound with this are engravings of Franklin and Mme. Helvetius and reprints from Livingston). Contemporary copy, in another's hand. with interlineations in Franklin's hand. For facsimile and study of this bagatelle, see: APS Library Bulletin, 1959, G.Chinard. "Random notes on two "Bagatelles." pp.727-760.

General physical description: A.L. 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Capt. Benjamin Gunnison
1779 January 14Photostat, 1p.B F85.227

In re cargo of the Morris. Presented by Mrs. William Ernest Smith, Sept. 1953.

Provenance: From original in National Archives, Records of the Veterans admin. Doc. from Revolutionary war pension file of James Brown, S 12 282.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Charles Guillaume Frédéric] Dumas
1779 February 19L.S. 3p.and end. Fragments. Various sizes.B F85.384
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
To all Captains and Commanders...
1779 March 10D.S. 2p. 12-1/4x7.B F85.394

Instructs captains of American vessels not to obstruct but rather to facilitate in any way the scientific expedition of Captain Cook.

General physical description: D.S. 2p. 12-1/4x7.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to "the Representatives of the Author of Experiments on the igneous Fluid
1779 March 13Copy of ALS 1p.B F85.429

Is honoured by invitation and shall endeavour to be present at "the farther Exhibition of those ingenious Experiments."

General physical description: Copy of ALS 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: (see also Franklin Papers, vol.44, folios 152, 155, 168.)

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to David Hartley
1779 March 21Facsimile 3p. 9x6-3/4.B F85.417

Deceived about "affair of the prisoners." Refers to Dr. Bancroft. Hopes for Peace. Gen. Lincoln and Thompson's southern campaign. Strength of America.

Provenance: (From the Rendells, Inc., Cat. 126, May 1977.)

General physical description: Facsimile 3p. 9x6-3/4.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Charles Gravier,] Comte de Vergennes
1779 March 27L.S. 2p. In French.B F85.28

Sends a letter from M. Gratien reprizes.

General physical description: L.S. 2p. In French.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Jean-Paul Marat]
1779 March 29ALS, 1p.B F85.90

Regrets that he could not be present at his curious experiments on Saturday: suggests another date.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Arthur Lee
1779 April 3ALS, 1p.B F85.324
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin]; Paris
1779 April 14ALS, 2p.B F85.x55

Arrangements for arms and troops. Mentions Mr. Martel.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Charles Guillaume Frédéric] Dumas
1779 May 22L.S. 3p.B F85.383

Lack of value of American money.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to D. [Johannes] Ingenhause
1779 May 4, 5L.S. with A. postscript. 3p.B F85.152

Desires to be brought up-to-date with the volumes of the Transactions [of the Royal Society]. Encloses his thoughts on the Northern Lights, a translation of which was read before the French Academy. Mentions Benjamin Vaughan and Dr. Priestley.

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to the Abbé [Morellet]
[1779 After July 5]LS Cy, 3p.B F85.224

In French. Typed translation.

General physical description: LS Cy, 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: See BfF85.1 for another copy of the translation with different illustrations.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
[Letter to the Abbé Morellet]
[1779 After July 5]3 typed leaves and plateB F85.1

Copy of a translation of a letter written by Benjamin Franklin and printed in the Memoirs of the Abbé Morellet, Pari 1821.

General physical description: 3 typed leaves and plate

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to M. Le Ray de Chaumont
1779 August 5L.S. (?) 1p.B F85.29

Regarding orders for Capt. Jones.

General physical description: L.S. (?) 1p.

Delon-Cramer, Claire.
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin]
[1779] August 20ALS, 3p.B F85.x69

In French. Is taking care of B. F.Bache, due to the death of her husband's brother.

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

Bache, Sarah Franklin, 1743-1808.
Letter to Dr.Franklin
1779 Sept. 14ALS, 6p.B F85.x8
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [William] Bingham
1779 October 4Photocopy, 1p.B F85.425

Thanks for sending newspapers. Unable to authorize payment of bill. He is limited to drafts made by Congress. Most important to "keep up their Credit line."

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Elizabeth] Partridge
1779 October 11Print of A.Dr. of L. 2p.B F85.74

Provenance: From original in University of Pennsylvania.

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to J[oseph] Palmer
1779 October 27LS, 1p.B F85.191

Relative to Mr. Palmer's nephew who has gone to England. Lafayette is bearer of this letter.

General physical description: LS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Robert] Montgomery
1779 October 28L.S. 3p.B F85.255

Will intercede on his behalf with the Spanish embassador; is surprised at treatment he receives from the Speniards. Mentions Mr. Adams. ---- Bloch film, fr.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

Digges, Thomas Attwood, 1742-1821.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin, Passy
1779 November 15Photocopy, 1p.B F85.431

London. Introduces Mr. Fabroni, "a young Gentleman of distinguished worth from Italy," who"has been some time travelling with His ingenious Friend and Companion Mr. Fontana."

Location of originals: Original in Univ. of Pennsylvania Library.

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

Bache, Sarah Franklin, 1743-1808.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1779A.L. 4p. Draft. 11x9.B F85.x68

Forwards silk for the Queen. Concerning B.F.Bache. Social life. Linens and wool spun. Family news. Refers to Duffield.

General physical description: A.L. 4p. Draft. 11x9.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Brown, Collinson and Tritton
1780 January 10A. Dr. of L.S.B F85.7-16
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to ---- Woodmason
1780 January 10A. Dr. of L.Signed with initials.B F85.7-16
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary] Hewson
1780 January 10A.Dr. of L.S.B F85.7-16
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [William] Strahan
1780 January 243 ADr.s, 2p.B F85.49

Letter as actually sent is in the Morgan Library; APS has photostat.

General physical description: 3 ADr.s, 2p.

Lee, Stephen.
Letter to Benj[ami]n Franklin, Paris; Dunkirk
1780 Feb. 1ALS, 2p.B F85.x67

Complains of ill-treatment from John Paul Jones. Wishes payment for his services.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Promissory note to Ferdinand Grand
1780 February 15D.S. 1p. 8x13.B F85.409 c

750,000 livres @5%/year, payable 1 January 1785.

General physical description: D.S. 1p. 8x13.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Sally Bache
1780 March 16L.S. 2p.B F85.144

Silk sent for the Queen is damaged. Sends some of Ben's letters; thinks he is better at Geneva.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to unidentified recipient
1780 April 1Transcript of L. 1p.B F85.220

Delivery of arms and gunpowder. Advance of 100,000 livres to be made for Americans of the Alliance and the Bonhomme Richard. Transcript made by D.H.Wallace, March 1952.

Provenance: From original in Vail mss., Geneva, Switzerland, v.1.p.19.

General physical description: Transcript of L. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letters to Mme. la presidente du Meinieres
1780 April 23A.L. in 3d P. 1p.B F85.120

Has promised Mme. Helvetius that he will accompany her on Wednesday next to the Pavillions de Chaillot.

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

ZrenC?, baron.
Letter to M. [Benjamin] Franklin; Bude
1780 June 7ALS, 7p.B F85.x56

In French. Transcribes his views on the war in America; offers his services.

General physical description: ALS, 7p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to S. Huntington
1780 July 10Photostat of L.S. 2p.B F85.204

Presented by Arthur Bloch, Dec.1952.

Provenance: Original in APS, F.P. v.69, no.6.

General physical description: Photostat of L.S. 2p.

Bache, Richard, 1737-1811.
Letter to [Benjamin] Franklin
1780 July 22ALS, 3p.B F85.x38

Heard from him last by Marquis de la Fayette. News of family. Inquires about Ben's schooling. Work of women for American army. Proposal to establish bank.

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [James] Woodmason
1780 July 25Photostat, 1p.B F85.180

Acknowledges receipt of proposals relating to the new-invented art copying; has distributed specimens; and has practised it.

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

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [C.W.F. Dumas]
1780 July 26L.S. 3p.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed: Smyth, 8,121.

Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent, 1743-1794.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin, Paris
1780 July 26Photostat, 3p.B F85.x21

In French. Relative to S. Fouquet, maker of gun powder, who has been in America. -----Typed c.of L. cc. Presented by P. S. du Pont, June 1947; from original in Harward Univ. library

General physical description: Photostat, 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to J[ohn] Jay, Madrid
1780 July 31L.S. 1p. , end.B F85.305

Has given orders for a credit of£1,000 to be divided between him and Mr. Carmichael. Makes similar advance to Messrs. Adams and Dana. Congratulations on birth of a daughter.

General physical description: L.S. 1p. , end.

Logan, George, 1753-1821.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1780 Sept. 20Typescript (c.c.) of ALS, 3p.B F85.x46

Appreciation for Franklin's attention during his stay in Paris. Affairs in America slowly improving. Is at present librarian of the Loganian library. Presented by Whitfield J. Bell, jr., May 1954.

Provenance: From original in Ms. Collection, Richmond Academy of Medicine, Richmond, Va.

General physical description: Typescript (c.c.) of ALS, 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to M. Dumas
1780 October 2L.S. 3p.B F85.306
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Jean Paul Marat]
1780 November 24Photo.of ALS, 1p.B F85.380

Has the gout and cannot come to Paris to view the "curious Experiments."

Provenance: (from original in Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 'sGravenhage.)

General physical description: Photo.of ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs [Margaret] Stevenson and [Mary] Hewson
1780 December 7L.Signed with initials. 2p.B F85.7-17

(Text of letter in W.T.Franklin's hand)

General physical description: L.Signed with initials. 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to John Jay
1781 January 15Facsimile. 1p. 5-1/2x4-1/2.B F85.419

[From Robert F. Batchelder, Cat. no. 21, March 1978.] Franklin has been ill. Has accepted Jay's "bill." Mentions Mr. Carmichael. Franklin sending Jay some packets.

General physical description: Facsimile. 1p. 5-1/2x4-1/2.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to John Jay
1781 Jan. 27L.S. 2p.B F85.315
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [James] Searle
1781 January 28Photocopy of A.L.in 3rd P. 1p.B F85.409

Will dine with him Tuesday. From Charles Hamilton auction catalogue, No. 98, New York, July 29, 1976, item 119.

General physical description: Photocopy of A.L.in 3rd P. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Chere Amie [Mme. Golowkin]
1781 Feb. 1ALS, 1p.B F85.285

Transcribes paragraph from a Philadelphia newspaper relating to the Chev. de Chastellux.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: See Gilbert Chinard, B. Franklin and the mysterious Mme. G, APS Library Bulletin, 1946,p.49.

Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1781 Mar. 2Photostat of L.S. 1p.B F85.x42

Encloses resolutions of the Congress pertaining to John Paul Jones. Presented by Arthur Bloch, Dec.1952, who received photostat from F.B. Huntington.

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Account with John Jay
1781 April 12 - July 27D.S. 3p.B F85.318
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Col. Lawrens (sic)
1781 May 21L.S. 1p. , end. Mutilated.B F85.263

Mr. Necker replaced by M. Joly de Fleury. Has been applied to for expenses on the Alliance. Presented by Mr. Samuel H. McVitty, March 1955.

General physical description: L.S. 1p. , end. Mutilated.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Receipt for advance, 28 February 1778 also signed by Gilas Deane; Promissory note
1781 July 2D.S. 2p. 7-1/2x9.B F85.410; See: February 28, 1778

750,000 livres @5%/year the 1 January 1788, from date of advance, to French Royal treasury.

General physical description: D.S. 2p. 7-1/2x9.

This item has been digitized:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/text:2207

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Charles Gravier] Comte de Vergennes
1781 July 6Copy of D. 1p. 14x8-1/2.B F85.428

Asks Vergennes to extend credit to U.S. for payment of debts. "...if we cannot go on with our Payments we are ruined."

General physical description: Copy of D. 1p. 14x8-1/2.

Fox, George, 1759-1828.
Power of attorney to his brother. Joseph M. Fox
1781 Sept. 28DS, 3p.B F85.349

Paris. In French.

General physical description: DS, 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Translation. 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [John] Bondfield
1781 October 25L.S. 1p. , end.B F85.225

Has sent commission for the Brig Sally. Orders claret sent to Richard Bache. (In reply to Bonafield's of October 20 - F.P. 23,19)

General physical description: L.S. 1p. , end.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter "To all Captains and Commanders [of the United States]"
1781 November 16Photo.B F85.364

Copy of D. and Italian translation of D. 3 items. Asks them to respect passports for ships travelling between Dover and Calais. Presented: A. pace; May 1961

Location of originals: From originals in Biblioteca Estense of Modena, Codici e Mss Campori, Busta 209.

General physical description: Photo.

Bache, Benjamin Franklin.
to Benjamin Franklin
1781 Nov. 20 
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Promissory note
1781 December 4Photo, 1p.B F85.432

In French. [Passy, B. Franklin.] For 816,000 livres, to be repaid with interest by the U.S. to his majesty's royal treasury by Jan. 1, 1788. Photograph gift of Joseph Rubinfine, March 24, 1983.

General physical description: Photo, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Liste des livres de M. Franklin apportes de la chambre dans le bureau le 31 Dbre 1781 [and] Liste des livres apportes au bureau le 8 Jr 1782
1781 December 31-1782 January 8Typescript 3p.B F85.84

In French.

Provenance: From original in University of Pennsylvania.

General physical description: Typescript 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
[Specimen sheet of various fonts in the collection of brass stencils bought from Bery in 1781.]
ca.1781D. with ms. Notes, lp.B F85.93 OS

Found in secret drawer of box containing brass stencils bought in Bache sele, June 1947. Reproduced in A.P.S. Proceedings, v.92,no.2,p.93; Library bulletin for 1948, p.93.

General physical description: D. with ms. Notes, lp.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Capt. [John] Berry
1782 January 24L.S. 1p.B F85.150
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Benny [Bache]
1782 January 25L.S. 2p.B F85.143
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Master Johannot [Cooper]
1782 January 25A.L. 1p. Draft. 12-1/4x8. (see Franklin Papers.)B F85.381

Hopes he is happy at school and does not want to change schools, for "A rolling Stone gathers no Moss."

General physical description: A.L. 1p. Draft. 12-1/4x8. (see Franklin Papers.)

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letters to Mme. Brillon
1782 January 6A.L. 3p. In French. "No.7"B F85.194

Replies to letter from Brillon family December 1781

General physical description: A.L. 3p. In French. "No.7"

Other Descriptive Information: (see FP 56, no.79)

Hewson, Mary Stevenson, 1739-1795.
to B. Franklin
[1782 May 1]Fragment of an A.L.B F85.7-30
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary] Hewson
1782 May 13ALS, 1p.B F85.7-18
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to D[avid] Hartley
1782 May 13L.S. 2p. , end. seal.B F85.160
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Mme. A[nna] Ogle
1782 May 24Photostat, 1p.B F85.91

Provenance: From original in possession of Mrs. F.G. Richards of Princeton; presented by Julian P. Boyd, March 1948.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Strahan, William, 1715-1785.
Letter to B[enjamin] Franklin
1782 May 27ALS, 3p. 8-7/8x7-3/8.B F85.423

Interest in printing art, on continent,Eng. pressmen are "spoilt." Comment on war, Bill allowing King to conclude peace. Wants B.F. to help Sally Beckwith (daugh. of Gen.Beck.) Mentions Mr. Becket, Mrs.Strange, Dr. Wishart.

General physical description: ALS, 3p. 8-7/8x7-3/8.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Richard and Sarah Bache]
1782 June 26ALS, 1p.B F85.376

News of Benny Bache in Geneva. Refers to Temple. Presented by Mrs.Elizabeth Du Bois Bache; Aug. 4, 1924.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to B[enjamin] Vaughan
1782 July 10T.c. of L. 3p.B F85.132

The peace commission.

Provenance: From original in the possession of the Marquess of Lansdowne.

General physical description: T.c. of L. 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mrs [Margaret] Stevenson
[1782] July 12ALS, 1p.B F85.7-20

With a written date of July 12, 1783, this letter is apparently dated wrong as Mrs. Stevenson died in January 1783; Franklin knew of this as he wrote to Mary Stevenson Hewson on January 27, 1783 and spoke of her mother's death.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to James Bowdoin
1782 July 15Copy of ALS, 1p 9-1/4x6.B F85.391

Introduces William Jones and John Paradise.

Provenance: (From Charles Hamilton Auction No. 57(April 20,1972).

General physical description: Copy of ALS, 1p 9-1/4x6.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [John Jay]
1782 August 16ALS, 1p.B F85.177

Encloses copy of extracts from Gen. Carleton's instructions received from Lord Shelburne through Mr. Vaughan. [Peace negotiations]

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to M. [Pierre] Colombe
1782 Aug. 27L.S. 2p.B F85.155

In French. Acknowledges Colombe's letters of July 19 and August 19 relative to his return to America. Exchanges such as he desires are made in America.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Bartolemeo(?)] Mesny
1782 Sept. 11ALS, 1p.B F85.362

Concerning books sent him for sale. For addition al information pertaining to Franklin-Mesny correspondence, see: Kirkland. "A Franklin Footnote", Penna. Mag.of Hist.and Biog., vol. 73, 80-81. Additional correspondence on the books may be found in Franklin Papers in U. of P.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: See Franklin Papers, IX.186 for letter from Mesny to B.Franklin; May 20,1778.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Philippe Denis] Pierres
1782 Sept. 20L.S. 1p.B F85.379

In French. Thanks for the publications as examples of his "Beautés Typographiques."

Provenance: Presented by Alice Bates through Charles W. Bates; June 1967.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Passport issued to Elkanah Watson
1782 Sept. 7PrDS, 1p.B F85.57

Passy press imprint. In French.

General physical description: PrDS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Order to "All captains and commanders of vessels of war, privateers and letters of marque belonging to the United States of America" to respect passports of certain English vessels which were to carry mail between Dover and Calais
1782 November 16D.S. 1p.B F85.18

Contains fine example of Franklin's seal. Right hand margin badly trimmed. Purchased from the American Autograph Shop, January 1939.

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to the Earl of Shelburne
1782 November 26T.c. of L. 1p.B F85.134

Acknowledges a remedy for his "gravel" brought by Mr. [Benjamin ?] Vaughan.

Provenance: From original in the possession of the Marquess of Lansdowne.

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to R[ichard] Oswald
1782 November 26Photostat of L. 13p.B F85.355

Provenance: (From original in possession of Ohio historical society).

General physical description: Photostat of L. 13p.

Greene, Catharine Ray, 1731-1794.
Letter to Dr. Franklin; Warwick
1782 Dec. 26Photostat of A.L.S: Caty Greene 2p.B F85.x9

Learned from the Court Segur that his wife often plays chess with Dr. Franklin. Sends letter by President Wheelock.

Provenance: From original in possession of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

General physical description: Photostat of A.L.S: Caty Greene 2p.

Mecom, Jane, 1712-1794.
Letter to [Benjamin] Franklin, Cambridge
1782 Dec. 26Photostat, 3p.B F85.x14

Concerned about Franklin's health. Desired a copy of his Philosophical and political papers. New of family and friends.

Provenance: Original in Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

General physical description: Photostat, 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mary Stevenson Hewson?
[1782???]A.L. 2p.B F85.7-28
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Gaetano Filangieri]
1783 January 11Photostat of L.S. 3p.B F85.139

Provenance: From original in Archive del Museo Civico Gaetano Filangieri, Naples.

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Richard Oswald]
1783 January 14Photostat of L. 2p.B F85.356

Provenance: From original in possession of Ohio historical society.

General physical description: Photostat of L. 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
[Note on the case of his nephew, Jonathan Williams, respecting the Brig Trio]
1783 January 15T.c. of D. 1p.B F85.136

Provenance: From original in the possession of the Marquees of Lansdowne.

General physical description: T.c. of D. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary] Hewson
1783 January 8ALS, 2p.B F85.7-19
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Philip] Mazzei
[1783 March 2]A.L. in 3d P. 1p.B F85.253

Sunday. Unable to be in Versailles on Tuesday.

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Chev. Rulhiere
[1783] March 2A.L. in 3d P. 1p. In French. Seal.B F85.270

Invitation for a visit that evening.

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p. In French. Seal.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to B. Vaughan
1783 March 23Photostat, 1p.B F85.24b

Not printed in Smyth. Sends newspapers containing articles relating to the barbarities exercised by the British in America; suggests they might be used for propaganda purposes.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to M. Lotbiniere
1783 March 28L.S. 1p. In French.B F85.199

Contains a [P.S.] in French in Franklin's hand. Replies to letter from M. Lotbiniere of March 26,1783 which is in Franklin Papers - APS.

General physical description: L.S. 1p. In French.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Philip] Mazzei
1783 MarchTranscript of L. in 3d P. 1p.B F85.222

Invitation to dinner. Transcript made by D. H. Wallace, March 1952.

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

General physical description: Transcript of L. in 3d P. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Alice De Lancey] Izard
1783 April 21L. in 3d P. 1p.B F85.254

Probably written by W.T. Franklin. Sends passport desired by Mrs. Izard.

General physical description: L. in 3d P. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: (see F.P. 74,3 for Mrs. Izard's letter)

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Benj[amin] F[ranklin] Bache
1783 May 2Enlargement print of ALS, 2pB F85.32

Personal letter to grandson.

Provenance: Print made from original in possession of Mrs. Edward W. Smith, April 1943.

General physical description: Enlargement print of ALS, 2p

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Dr. Ingenhauss
1783 June 1ALS, 1p.B F85.118

Introduces Mr. S. Vaughen who travels with a view of improving himself in mineralogy.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790. Osborn, John.
Recommendation of Pierre Sonnerat for membership in the Royal Society
[1783 July 22]DSB F85.154
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to W[illia]m Strahan
1783 July 29Enlargement of ALS, 1p.B F85.272

Information about Miss Beckwith.

Provenance: From original in possession of Mrs. Arthur Loeb, April 1955.

General physical description: Enlargement of ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Certification in re Col. Du Bouchet
1783 August 6D.S. Portion of 3p. doc.B F85.185

In French. Certifies as to the correct transcription of copies of various document by Horatio Gates, George Washington, and others. See letter from Bouchet to W.T. Franklin, 1783- ( Franklin Papers, v.108, 85)

General physical description: D.S. Portion of 3p. doc.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Josish Quincey (sis)
1783 Sept. 11ALS, 4p.B F85. 228

"there never was a good war, or bad Peace."

General physical description: ALS, 4p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Mme de Meinieres]
1783 Sept. 12ALS, 1p. 9x7-1/4.B F85.346

Will Visit her on Sunday if able. Refers to Mme. Helvetius.

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Johannes Ingenhousz]
1783 Sept. 2TL Cy, 1p.B F85.368

Concerning the peace treaty. Forwards letter of Banks on balloons. Presented by W.J.Bell,Jr., July 1962.

Provenance: From original owned by Mrs.J.A. de Rothschild.

General physical description: TL Cy, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Benjamin Vaughan
1783 October 8Enlargement print of ALS, 1p.B F85.172

Has on hand 4 copies of volume on electricity, but none of Vaughan's collection [Political...pieces], of which he desires additional copies. Inquires about family.

Provenance: From original in possession of Mrs. Frances Vaughan Finletter, March 1951.

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Charles Gravier,] Count de Vergennes
1783 December 14LS, 1p.B F85.197

Introduces Mr. Nesbitt, an American merchant settled at L'Orient.

General physical description: LS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary. Hewson]
1784 January 1ALS, 1p.B F85.7-21
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Invitation to [Daniel L.] Coit to dinner
1784 January 14Photocopy, 1p.B F85.377
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to H[enry] Laurens
1784 February 15ALS, 1p.B F85.200

Mr. Grand will honor his bills. Regrets that their "employers...have forgotten...to contrive means of decent return for their ministers."

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to William Withering
1784 March 1ALS, 1pB F85.52

Dr. Withering's letter on calculous complaints and the remedies.

General physical description: ALS, 1p

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Mary Stevenson] Hewson
1784 March 19A.L. 1p.and end. Mutilated-signature has been cut off. 9x7-1/4.B F85.337
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Henry Laurens
1784 March 31ALS, 1p.B F85.39

Announces arrival of ratification of definitive treaty; has notified Mr.Hartley.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Jacques Leveux, Calais
1784 March 8L.S. 2p. , end. In French. 9x7-1/4.B F85.347

Thanks him for what he has done for Jay and American prisoners. Explains that consuls will be U.S. citizens. when they are appointed for France.

General physical description: L.S. 2p. , end. In French. 9x7-1/4.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Dr. Ingenhauss [sic]
1784 April 23Repro. of ALS. 1p.B F85.436

Sends seeds to Ingenhousz. From Hudson Rogue autograph catalog#13, 1986 [?], p. 10.

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary] Hewson
1784 April 29ALS, 1p.B F85.7-22

(On the inside of this letter is a letter from Mary Hewson to Mr. Viny)

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Felix Frecon (?)
1784 July 3Photostat of L.S. 3p.B F85.330

Replies to queries in his letter of June 29 (in APS collection) relative to American regulations of exchange - money merchandise, weights and measures. Presented by W.J. Bell, from photostat in Library of Congress.

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

Born, Ignaz, Edler von, 1742-1791.
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin]; Vienne
1784 July 17Photocopy, 1p.and end. In French. 8x7-1/2.B F85.402

Presents his Joannis Physiophili Opuscula. Presented by Ellen Gantrell.

Provenance: From original in College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.and end. In French. 8x7-1/2.

Franklin, William, 1731-1813.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1784 July 22 [- August 6]ALS, 3p.B F85.x22

Letter of reconciliation. Mentions W.T. Franklin.

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Mary] Hewson
1784 August 13Photocopy, 1p.and end. 11x7-1/2.B F85.386

Provenance: From original in possession of Miss Katherine M. Bradford, Phila. (1969).

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.and end. 11x7-1/2.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Richard] Price
1784 August 2ALS, 1p. S.B F85.2

pertains to Dr. Price's pamphlet of advice to the Americans [Observations on the importance of the American revolution...] and the Turgot letter which it contains. Positive print.

General physical description: ALS, 1p. S.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Lord Shelburne
1784 August 25T.c. of L. 1p.B F85.135

Introduces the bearer, his grandson William Temple Franklin. Sends pamphlet on animal magnetism.

Provenance: From original in the possession of the Marquess of Lansdowne.

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Richard] Price
1784 Sept. 7ALS, 1p. 9-1/4x7-1/4.B F85.344

Introduces Count Mirabeau and recommends him.

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

Other Descriptive Information: For similar letter, see B.Franklin to B.Vaughan; Sept.7,1784, Smyth, 9, 269-270.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Mr. Anisson
1784 November 10Enlargement of reproduction 1p.B F85.116

New manner of printing. Press for Anisson, bought by William Franklin in London, will be sent to Rouen. From reproduction in Le manuscrit autographe, An 8, no.41, 1993, p.21

General physical description: Enlargement of reproduction 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Messrs. Witel [and Pauche]
1784 November 15L.S. 2p., end. In French. "No.7"B F85.195
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Certification in re Capt. Lewis Joseph de Beaulieu, late of Gen. Count Pulaski's corps
1784 December 17Photostat of D.S. 1p.B F85.145

Provenance: From original in Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale of Florence.

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to M. de Mayer
1785 January 3Typescript 1p.B F85.179

Acknowledges piece entitled Asgill. Sends copy of Book of Constitutions. Presented by Antonio Pace; June 1951, from original in Bibliotaca Civica of Turin.

General physical description: Typescript 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Richard Price
1785 March 18ALS, 1p.B F85.269
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to B. Vaughan.
1785 March 5Photostat of ALS, 3p.B F85.24c

Not printed in Smyth. This letter is in reply to one written to Franklin by Benjamin Vaughan, Feb. 23, 1785, which the A.P.S owns. Mentions fabricated accounts in British papers which are intended to give unfavorable ideas of America.

General physical description: Photostat of ALS, 3p.

Franklin, William Temple, 1760-1823.
to Benjamin Vaughan
1785 April 21Photostat of L.S with initials. 3p.B F85.24d

Pertains to recommendations desired by Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan for Mr. Manning.

General physical description: Photostat of L.S with initials. 3p.

Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Letter to [Benjamin] Franklin
1785 April 26A.L. in 3d P. 1p.B F85.x36

Asks that Mr. Jefferson inquire for mail for American ministers. Framed with engravings and medals of B. Franklin and J. Adams.

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

Roberts, Hugh, 1706-1786.
Letter to B. Franklin
1785 June 24LS Cy, 2p.B F85.x6

Comments on old age, and the fact that Philip Syng is the only other living member of the old Junto. "Copy of a letter from Hugh Roberts to Benjamin Franklin, - taken from the original now in the possession of the Roberts family, and placed in the hands of R.M. Patterson by Richard Vaux, esq., June 22, 1843."

General physical description: LS Cy, 2p.

Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1785 June 27Photo. of ALS, 2p.B F85.x37

Negotitations about a ship calling at Havre fro Dr. Franklin unsuccessful. Presented by C.F. Jenkins, 1948.

General physical description: Photo. of ALS, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Ferd[inan]d Grand
1785 July 16ALS, 2p.B F85. 229

Preparations for voyage to America for himself and party, including Mr. Houdon. Transcribes copy of agreement with Messrs. Wallace, Johnson and Muir in repayment of passage, July 8, 1785.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Crawford, Adair, 1748-1795.
to unidentified recipient
1785 July 22Photostat, 2p.B F85.24f

Pertains to Dr. Franklin's case of the "stone".

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Ferdinand] Grand
1785 July 24Photostat, 1p.B F85.343

Is better than he had thought, due to traveling. Concerning his luggage. Friendly letter.

Provenance: (from reproduction in J.A. Stargardt Autographen...siche No.12,p.7.)

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, William Temple, 1760-1823.
1785 July 26Photostat, 1p.B F85.24g

Note regarding 48,000 livres borrowed from Benjamin Franklin with which to buy his father's [William Franklin] lands in New Jersey and New York. Contains an autograph note signed by B. Franklin, to Mr. Vaughan.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Nathaniel Falconer
1785 July 28ALS, 1p.B F85.245

With this is a news clipping (n.d.) transcribing the letter and stating that it was then in the possession of G.W. Childs.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

"Opinions of some of the Faculty on the case of Dr. Franklin: viz. Drs. Heberden Watson, J. Hunter, Crawford and Mr. J . Hunter."
1785 JulyPhotostat of document. 4p.B F85.24e

Pertains to Franklin's trouble with the "stone."

General physical description: Photostat of document. 4p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Jane] Mecom
1785 Sept. 19Repro., 1p.B F85.435

Safe arrival in America.

General physical description: Repro., 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to William Greene and Catherine Ray Greene
1785 Sept. 20Photostat, 1p.B F85.73

Location of originals: From original in Library of Congress.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to J[ohn] and [Sarah Van Brugh Livingston] Jay
1785 Sept. 21ALS, 2p.and end. 12-1/2x8.B F85.334
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Charles Thomson
1785 Sept. 26Enlargement print of ALS, 1p.B F85.33

Acknowledges congratulations on his return home.

Location of originals: Print made from original in possession of Mrs. Edward W. Smith, April 1943.

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Address to the American Philosophical Society
1785 Sept. 27A.D. 1p.B F85.198

In Sam. Magaw's hand. Dr. Franklin's answr to ye Address of the Amer. Ph. Socy. soon after he arrived from France.

Provenance: Presented by Mrs. Edward W. Smith.

General physical description: A.D. 1p.

Houdon, Jean Antoine, 1741-1828.
Order to T. Jefferson to pay B. Franklin 3600 livres tournois
1785 Oct. 4D.S. 1p.B F85.x20

Receipted by B. Franklin, Oct. 25, 1785.

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

Jay, John, 1745-1829.
Letter to [Benjamin] Franklin
1785 Oct. 4ADrS, 2p.B F85.x54

General physical description: ADrS, 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed: Sparks, 10, 228: Bigelow, 9, 268. For letter sent see Franklin Papers, 33,204

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Patrick Henry
1785 October 8ALS, 2p.B F85.328

Printing type sold to the state of Virginia. Photostat presented by Thomas F O'Donnel, March 1953.

Provenance: from original which was then in the possession of the Thomas R. Proctor collection of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, N.Y.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed: W.W. Henry, Patrick Henry, 1891, III,323.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to M. de Chaumont
1785 October 20A.L. 2p. (incomplete)B F85.30
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to William Ellery
1785 November 14ALS, 1p.B F85.54

Acknowledges letter of October 10 [in APS collection] enclosing one from Mr. Vernon.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Deed for portion of land on which the old goal and workhouse stood, Third and High streets, issued to John Hubley
1785 November 23DS, 1p.B F85.137

Seal Parchment Recorded on April 27, 1786.

General physical description: DS, 1p.

Smallwood, William, 1732-1792.
Letter to [Benjamin Franklin]
1785 Nov. 27L.S. 1p.B F85.x64
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to unidentified recipient
[1785] December 14ALS, lp.B F85.159

Wednesday morning. Will search for letters as soon as he returns from the state house.

General physical description: ALS, lp.

Bradford, William, 1755-1795.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin
1786 January 4 2.0 p.

Discusses how to take care of a widow, Elizabeth Elliot, and her children, perhaps assigning land rents to her through the township overseers.

Other Descriptive Information: Accession M2013-03. Purchased in April 2013, with funds from the Friends of the APS Library.

Ruston, Thomas, ca. 1739-1804.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin; dated Philadelphia
1786 January 12A.Dr. of L. 6p. F.B F85.x1

Re: smoky chimneys. Purchased from the American Autograph Shop, April 1939, $25 and a set of the Franklin calendar.

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Jonathan Williams, jr., Boston
1786 January 19ALS, 2p. , end.BF85.310
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to John Hyacinth de Magellan
1786 January 24L.S. 3p.B F85.168

The APS and the Magellanic premium.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Jonathan Williams, jr., Boston
1786 February 16ALS, 2p.B F85.311
Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Warrant to John Lukens to have surveyed plot of ground in Westmoreland Co. for John Davis
1786 April 27PrDS, 1p.B F85.291
Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Order to David Rittenhouse to pay the estate of William Wilson £5.16.10
1786 May 8PrDS, 1p.B F85.282
Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Patent issued to John Cornman, for a tract of land in Westmoreland
1786 May 91p.B F85.266

Presented by Mr. Samuel H. McVitty, March 1955. A similar patent for another piece of ground exists for this day to the same person.

General physical description: 1p.

Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Order to David Rittenhouse to pay Francis Allison [sic]
1786 May 9Photostat, 1p.B F85.351
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to J. Sargent
1786 May 25ALS, 3p.B F85.231

Suggestions concerning collection of depts due Mr. Sergent from Americans. Is under obligations to Mr. Sergent for many kindnesses.

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

Mecom, Jane, 1712-1794.
to Sarah Bache
1786 May 29 
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to M. [Jean Baptisse] LeRoy
1786 August 15ALS, 2p.B F85.107
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to John Jay
1786 August 24ALS, 1p.B F85.322
Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Order to David Rittenhouse to pay David Evans
1786 Sept. 19D.S.: B. Franklin. 1p. John Nicholson and D. Evans. 9-1/2x8.B F85.348

Forgery Presented by J. Bennett Nolan.

General physical description: D.S.: B. Franklin. 1p. John Nicholson and D. Evans. 9-1/2x8.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Certification in re character of Josiah Flagg
1786 Sept. 4Photostat of A.D.S. 1p.B F85.63

---- photostat of typed c. in New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Provenance: From original in possession of the Harvard school of business administration.

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Order to David Rittenhouse to pay James Worthing; In Council, Philadelphia
1786 Sept. 7Photostat. 1p. Forgery.B F85.341
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to M. de Chaumont
1786 October 7ALS, 2p.B F85.31
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to the Secretary of Council
1786 November 21ALS, 1p. 3x7.B F85.205

Requisition for commission for Edward Shippen and others.

General physical description: ALS, 1p. 3x7.

Falconer, Nathaniel.
Letter to the President...Supreme executive council [Benjamin Franklin]; Wardens office
1786 Dec. 13L.S: Nath Falconer, John Hazelwood, Joe: Bullock. 1p. , end. in B.F.'s hand.B F85.x39

Send certain information [ in re Spanish man of war]

General physical description: L.S: Nath Falconer, John Hazelwood, Joe: Bullock. 1p. , end. in B.F.'s hand.

Otto, Lewis William.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin, Pennsylvania
1786 Dec. 19ALS, Cp. , end. In French with translatin in red ink, in hand of B.Franklin, 12-1/2x7-3/4.B F85.x66

Concerning the extradition of a French witiser . De Bressines.

General physical description: ALS, Cp. , end. In French with translatin in red ink, in hand of B.Franklin, 12-1/2x7-3/4.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
An account of the highest court of Judicature in Pennsylvania, viz. The court of the press
[1786?]Copy of D. 7p.B F85.165
Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Letter to [Benjamin] Franklin; Grosvenor Square
1787 Jan. 27ALS, 2p.B F85.x26

Sends copies of his work [Defence of the Constitution] for Dr. Franklin and the Philosophical Society. Dilly's desires to publish a new edition of Franklin's works with the addition of a sketch of his life.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: See 342.73:Adld volume presented.

Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Patent issued to Baltzer Knertzer for a tract of land called "Fortune" in Newberry township, York county
1787 January 30Photostat of D.S: B. Franklin (president) 1p. Seal.B F85.239

Presented by Dr. John Witthoft, from original owned by Mr. Fredericks, Harrisburg, Pa June 1954.

General physical description: Photostat of D.S: B. Franklin (president) 1p. Seal.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Gen. [Arthur] St. Clair
1787 February 13Photostat of L.S. 1p.B F85.21

introduces the bearer, M. de Chaumont. Presented by M.Dumont.

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

Bond, Thomas, 1743-1793.
Petition to Benjamin Franklin, president of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, for a bankruptey commission against Charles Young, sworn before B. Franklin
1787 Mar. 2D.S. 2p.B F85.x2

Contains also appointment of commission signed by B. Franklin. F. Purchased from F.G. Sweet, September 1939, $37.50.

General physical description: D.S. 2p.

Balliet, Stephen.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin [President of Pennsylvania]
1787 Mar.ALS, 3p.B F85.x51

Observations on the Lehigh river; the advantages which would result to the city of Phila., the counties of Northumberland... from the navigation thereof... roads to the Suequehanah.

General physical description: ALS, 3p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Order to David Rittenhouse to pay John Baird 45£ for his attendance in Council...and mileage; In Council, Philadelphia
1787 April 12DS, 1p.B F85.117

Receipted by Jno. Baird.

General physical description: DS, 1p.

Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Deed to Daniel Hartung for a tract of land called "Daniels fancy" in Northumberland County
1787 April 12DS, 1p.B F85.373

Presented by Morris Duane; December 28, 1962.

General physical description: DS, 1p.

Sybert, Sebastian.
Account with Benjamin Franklin
1787 May 14-July 5.D. 2p.B F85.x60

Contains receipt written in Franklin's hand; July 7, 1787. Photostat obtained when the document was in the possession of Mr. Loeb, 1953.

General physical description: D. 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Sir William] Herschel
1787 May 18Photo.of ALS, 1p.B F85.363

Provenance: (from original in Biblioteca Estense of Modena, Codici e Mss Campori ,Busta 209)

General physical description: Photo.of ALS, 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Presented by Antonio Pace; May 1961.

Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Patent issued to Samuel Titmus for a tract of land called "the Folly" in Northumberland county;
1787 May 21Photostat of D.S: B. Franklin (president) 1p. Seal.B F85.238

Accompanying this document is an enlargement of a survey of the tract, made by John Lukens, Feb.26,1787.

Provenance: From the original owned by T. Kenneth Wood, Williamsport, Pa.

General physical description: Photostat of D.S: B. Franklin (president) 1p. Seal.

Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Order to David Rittenhouse to pay Edward Burd for travelling expenses as judge of the Supreme court
1787 June 13DS, 1p.B F85.166
Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Patent issued to John McKee for tract of land called "Allegany Tract" in Westmoreland co
1787 June 16DS, 1p.B F85.317

Inrolled in Patent book...June 18, 1787.

General physical description: DS, 1p.

Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Deed for lot No. 1983 at 8th and Chestnut streets, to John Steinmetz
1787 June 28PrDS, 1p.B F85.95

"Disposing of...lots...late of the estate of Joseph Galloway...forfeited to this Commonwealth." "Inrolled in the Rolls office... August 4, 1787."

General physical description: PrDS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Account with Christian Sybard [Seybert]
1787 June 30-July 18D.S. (in German): Christian Seybert. 1p. 8-1/2x6-1/2. (see Franklin Papers.)B F85.352

For hauling dirt.

General physical description: D.S. (in German): Christian Seybert. 1p. 8-1/2x6-1/2. (see Franklin Papers.)

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to D[avid] Hartley
[1787? ca.] JuneTyped c. of L. 1p.B F85.81

Provenance: From original in possession of Stanley Neyhart.

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

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Petition by Ann Bell with notation by Franklin
1787 August 20D.S. 2p. 8x13.B F85.411

Concerns bankruptcy commission of Clarkson, Hughes, Baynton, and Bacher in case of Joseph Page; Petition for same by Ann Bell; directed so by Franklin in appended note.

General physical description: D.S. 2p. 8x13.

Other Descriptive Information: (See. Franklin papers.)

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to the Secretary of Congress
1787 August 21 1.0 p.

Endorsing a "petition of John Rice in the case of Joseph Rice, a bankrupt."

Other Descriptive Information: Accession M2011-08. Donated on September 13, 2011, by John Nichols Loeb in memory of his parents, Robert Frederick Loeb and Emily Guild Nichols Loeb.

Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Order to David Rittenhouse to pay Samuel Hill £20.5 for services rendered
1787 Sept. 2DS, 1p.B F85.242

Presented by Mrs. Arthur Bloch as a forgery from her husband's estate, July 1954.

General physical description: DS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Order to David Rittenhouse to pay Samuel Hill £20.5sh for services in Council
1787 Sept. 2DS Cy, 1p.B F85.268

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

General physical description: DS Cy, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Order to David Rittenhouse to pay Silas Curtis; In Council, Philadelphia
1787 Sept. 20Photostat of D.S. 1p.,end. by D.Rittenhouse.B F85.340
Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Grant of land in Westmoreland County to John Beatman Webster..
1787 Sept. 29With this was a picture of B. Franklin by St. Aubin after Cochin.B F85.94
Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Order to David Rittenhouse to pay David hanna £20.10 for services rendered
1787 October 7DS, 2p.B F85.243

Presented by Mrs. Arthur Bloch as a forgary from her husband's estate, July 1954.

General physical description: DS, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Gastano] Filangieri;phila
1787 October 14Photostat, 1p.B F85.140

Provenance: From Original in Archivo del Musec Civico Gaetano Filangieri, Naples.

General physical description: Photostat, 1p.

Lea, Thomas.
Petition to Benjamin Franklin, president, Supreme Executive Council
1787 Oct. 18ALS, 2p. Contains A.N.S. by B. Franklin to the Secretary of Council.B F85.x58

Petition in the case of Peter January, a bankrupt.

General physical description: ALS, 2p. Contains A.N.S. by B. Franklin to the Secretary of Council.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to M. de Chaumont; Philad
1787 October 22ALS, 1p.B F85.80

Partly in French.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Thomas Short, Edinburgh
1787 December 5ALS, 1p.B F85.211

On same sheet with letter from Theodotia Short to BF; Sept.13, 1787 Sends letter from Mrs. Theodosia Short about her family.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Description of the tapid bath made use of by his Excellency Benjamin Franklin, Governor of Pensylvania..
1787 DecemberCy, 1p. and 2 illus.B F85.124

Provenance: From original in Robert R. Logan family papers, deposited 1949 at the Library Co. of Philadelphia. Permission required for reproduction.

General physical description: Cy, 1p. and 2 illus.

Willing, Thomas, 1731-1821.
Petition on the part of Thomas Willing, as president of the Bank of Norht America, to Benjamin Franklin, President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, against Joshua Pusey, a bankrupt..
1787DCy, 3 leavesB F85.x27

Contains copy of portion of bankruptcy proceedings against Samuel Garrigues.

General physical description: DCy, 3 leaves

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Charles Vaughan
1788 February 12ALS, 1p.B F85.332

Settlement of Dr. Ingenhousz's account with John Williams. Comments on the Opposition to the Constitution - "America is too Enlightened to be enslav'd... the happiness of its People is less in canger from an Excess of Power in the Governors, than from the Defect of due Obedience... in the Governed.

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to St. John Crevecoeur
1788 February 16, 17Photostat, 2p.B F85.89

Portion dated Feb. 16 printed in Smyth, v.9, 636. The P.S. dated Feb. 17 comments on Fitch's steamboat and Mr. Rittenhouse's opinion of it.

Provenance: From film in L.C. Original in volume of letters to St. John de Crèvecoeur owned by M. Louis St. John de Crèvecoeur, La Plagne, Moncesquiousur Lesse (Gers), France.

General physical description: Photostat, 2p.

Phetty, Philip.
Petition to Benjamin Franklin, asking for a pardon so that he might emigrate "to the back Countrys"
1788 Mar. 10DS, 4p.B F85.x62

Not in Pennsylvania Archives of above date. With 34 signatures asking that the petition be acted upon favorably; end: "Read in Council June 4th 1788..."

General physical description: DS, 4p.

Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Patent issued to Matthias Dibler for tract of land in Dauphin co
1788 March 13DS, parchment seal.B F85.292
McCullough, David.
Petition to Benjamin Franklin and the Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council
1788 April 5 2.0 p. OS

Petition in the case of Matthew Irwin, a bankrupt commissioned. Signed by McCullough and signed and annotated by Franklin.

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

Craig, Thomas.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin, president, Supreme Executive Council
1788 May 5ALS, 2p.B F85.x57

Disputes the fact that he opposed the execution of a criminal named John Brown.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Mr. Wilcke
1788 May 7TCy, 1p.B F85.240

Sends Vol.1 and 2 of the Transactions of the APS. Presented by I.B. Cohen, March 1954.

Provenance: From original in possession of the Royal Swedish academy of sciences.

General physical description: TCy, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Secretary of Councils
1788 May 13Photostat. 1p.B F85.109
Bartling, Christlieb.
Petition to Benjamin Franklin and the Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council
1788 August 6 2.0 p.

Petition in the case of Charles Cooper, to enjoin Cooper's property to pay off the debt. Approved by Franklin, annotated, and signed. Bartling was a merchant who was active in the German Society and in setting up the German school in Philaldelphia.

Provenance: M2011-01. Gift of the estate of Robert L. McNeil, Jr., February 2011

Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council..
Commission to Peter Stephen Du Ponceau as notary, tabellion and interpreter of foreign languages for the Commonwealth
1788 August 201p. SealB F85.286

Attached to this document are certifications to the fact that E. Dutilh and Co of Philadelphia have been appointed attorneys for Mr. Gaspard Solicoffre in a suit against Messrs. Zolikoffer and Messonnier of Baltimore; Feb. 28,1788, August 18,1788. French and English translation. 8p.

General physical description: 1p. Seal

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Mr. [Robert] Aitken
1789 January 17Letterpress Cy, 2p.B F85.105

Relative to Vol. 1 of A.P.S. Transactions.

General physical description: Letterpress Cy, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to Matthew Carey
1789 February 9AL, 1p.B F85.41

Encloses Remarks on the Albany Plan which he may publish in the Museum, but not under Franklin's signature. The Remarks were published in Carey's American Museum, v.5, April 1739, p.368.

General physical description: AL, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Catherine Ray] Greene
1789 March 2Letterpress Cy, 2p.B F85.59
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Jane Mecom]
1789 April 27Photo., 1p.B F85.434

Concern about reliability of post, health and finances of Mecom. Mentions C. Greene. 1. Greene, Catharine Ray, 1731-1794. 2. Postal service - U.S. I. BF chron. II. [Mecom, Jane], 1712-1793.

General physical description: Photo., 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Will, July 17, 1788; [and] Codicil
1789 June 23D.S. 11p.B F85.212

most of which carry signature of B. Franklin on bottom marginal [in red leather slip case] Transferred to custody of APS from Philadelphia Register of wills, by decres of Orphans' Court, June 9, 1953; of.

General physical description: D.S. 11p.

This item has been digitized:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/text:2209

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to unidentified recipient
1789 October 23ALS, 1p.B F85.146

Relative to settlement on bond entered into with Mr. Grace in 1748. (The letter may be Written to Thomas Franklin, Phila. merchant; see letters in Franklin Papers)

General physical description: ALS, 1p.

Wistar, B.
to Catharine Wistar
1790 Aug. 10 
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
[Epitaph, in German]
ca. 1793-1794D. 1p.B F85.190

Not same translation as used in the 1780 Dresden edition, nor the 1794 and 1802 Weimar editions of the Works.

General physical description: D. 1p.

Wistar, Caspar.
to Catharine Bache
[1797] 
Wistar, Caspar.
to Catharine Bache
1815 Mar. 18 
n.d.Photostat, 3p.B F85.24h

"A discussion of that interesting question whether if the United States should be compelled to choose its side in ye present European contest, on which side its interest would require it should engage? To which is added, some impartial thoughts upon the rights of neutrals and the history of the conduct of belligerents on this subject. Notes by B.F." All in B. Vaughan's hand. Consists of answers (?) to nine questions.

General physical description: Photostat, 3p.

Graphic chart showing the Eighteenth Century events, with special reference to Benjamin Franklin
 D. 1p. 12-1/2x21.B F85.x4

General physical description: D. 1p. 12-1/2x21.

Other Descriptive Information: (see Franklin pamphlets, no.4.)

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Epitaph
n.d.Photostat 2p.B F85.409 b
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
The Character of Charles the 12th of Sweeden
n.d.Photocopy, 1p.B F85.422

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

General physical description: Photocopy, 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
[Shorthand notes]
n.d.D. 2p.B F85.257

May be handwriting of William or William Temple Franklin

General physical description: D. 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Cupid and Zephyr. On the breaking of the seventh commandment and wind
n.d.D. 56p.B F85.342

Contains copies of letters: Franklin to a young man; June 25,1743; and, Franklin to the Royal Society of Brussels.

General physical description: D. 56p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Drawings of the Franklin [electrical?] machine, presented by Franklin to Capt. [Isaac] All
n.d.Photo, 7 leavesB F85.360

Minutes of Committe on Library;Oct. 17 and Dec.12, 1957. Presented by Charles T. Henry; Nov. 1960.

General physical description: Photo, 7 leaves

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Epitaph
n.d.AMs. 1p.B F85.192
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Marginalia in Affaires de l'Angleterre et de l'Amerique; Nos. 36 and 38
n.d.Photocopy of D. 11 leaves.B F85.389

In French. Presented by owner: Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Mills Library; March 1971.

General physical description: Photocopy of D. 11 leaves.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Moyens pour d'un grand Empire en faireun petit
n.d.Photocopy of D. 14p.B F85.388

In French. Photocopy copy presented by owner, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Mills Library; March 1971.

General physical description: Photocopy of D. 14p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Observations sur l'origine de la Guerre Civile des Colonies Américaines
n.d.Photocopy of D. 19p.B F85.387

In French. Presented by owner, Eleutherian Mills, Hagley Library; March 1971.

General physical description: Photocopy of D. 19p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to unidentified recipient
June 15.A.N. in 3d P. Card.B F85.7-27
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Matthew] Boulton
n.d. (Friday)Photostat of L. in 3d P. 1p.B F85.182

Wishes to consult with Mr. Boulton about a copying press and writing desk.

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

General physical description: Photostat of L. in 3d P. 1p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Matthew] Bolton (sic)
n.d. (Monday)Photostat of A.L. in 3d P. 1p.B F85.183

Invitation to dinner. Mentions Abbé Morellet.

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

General physical description: Photostat of A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

Rivington, James, 1724-1802.
Letter to W[illiam] Bradford
n.d.ALS, 2p.B F85.350

Wishes to forward books for sale in Pennsylvania. Names authors and terms which he says would be advantageous to each.

General physical description: ALS, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to [Mme Helvetius ?]
n.d.LS, 2p.B F85.320

In French. Accepts an invitation for himself and grandson for a visit on Sunday.

General physical description: LS, 2p.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary Stevenson] Hewson
n.d.Fragment of an A.LB F85.7-29
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mary [Stevenson]
Friday Morng.ALS, 1p.B F85.7-24
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary Stevenson?]
Friday, 2 P.M.A.L.Signed with initials. 1p.B F85.7-26
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to [Mary Stevenson]
Wednesday morning.ALS, 1p.B F85.7-25
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
to Mary Stevenson
Wednesday P.M.ALS, 1p. (About some of her translations)B F85.7-23
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Letter to William Stille:
Sunday. October 1 1786ALS, 1p. Mutilated.B F85.316

In re western wall of house next to Mr. Stille's property.

General physical description: ALS, 1p. Mutilated.

Franklin, Deborah Read Rogers, 1708-1774.
Letter to "My Very good friend"
n.d.Photostat, 1p.B F85x
United States. Continental Congress. Board of War and Ordnance..
Deposition in re Major Peter Colombe
n.d.ADSB F85.156

Certified by Franklin

General physical description: ADS

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

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

General physical description: 33 volumes

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Account of Expences of my Voyage to England
1757-17611 vol.B F85f6.1

This volume contains the records of Franklin's expenditures in going to England in 1757 as well as his expenses while living in London. Some receipts are included herein as are some entries for bills of exchange received. Even more, there are entries for receipt of funds from Speaker Isaac Norris, of Philadelphia, which Franklin invested in government stocks and annuities, etc. This was printed by G. S. Eddy, "Account Book of Benjamin Franklin kept by him during his First Mission to England as Provincial Agent 1757-1762," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, volume LV (1931), 97-133. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume VII, l64-5.

General physical description: 1 vol.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Receipt Book
1742-17641 vol.B F85f6.2

This is a typical receipt book for payments made to various persons for generally unnamed services or materials. Either Franklin, his wife, or the person receiving payment, wrote that he had received so much money on a given date, and signed the entry. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume II, 351-352. The last eight pages contain a record of Franklin's income from his business partner, David Hall. Included in the entries is income of money and occasionally the value of books received in lieu of money. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume III, 276.

General physical description: 1 vol.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Journal
1764-17741 vol.B F85f6.3

"The Journal of Benjamin Franklin after his leaving Philadelphia Nov[embe]r. 7. 1764 and during his Residence in London" is a chronological listing of expenses and receipts. This "Journal" is to be used in conjunction with "Ledger; l764?1776, for they were "put in order" by Jonathan Williams, Jr., Franklin's grandnephew and Franklin, kept both volumes thereafter. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume XI, 518-520.

General physical description: 1 vol.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Account of Money, received from the Commissioners of the United States for their Use; Paris.
17771 vol.B F85f6.4

This volume of 47 pages was kept by William Temple Franklin, grandson of Benjamin Franklin, and parts were audited periodically by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, who signed the pages audited. Entries are for expenditures such as laundry; shoe buckles; "Wheel Wright for Work done for Mr. Deane;" wages for servants; "Nine hundred Glass Bottles for the Burgundy Wine;" blacksmith work; "Dinner for some Americans at Versailles when Mr. Adams was presented to the King;" etc.

General physical description: 1 vol.

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Ledger A and B
1730-17401 vol.B F85f6.5

This is the earliest known surviving Franklin account book. It was kept by Franklin and his wife, Deborah, and very few entries are in other hands. Paper was expensive and ruled books were especially dear: therefore, Franklin used the last half of this volume for Ledger B. "Leidger A" (Journal) is the front half of the book and the entries are records of sales, purchases, printing expenses, bills, etc., under the date of the transaction, and then they were posted under the name of the customer in "Leidger B" (Ledger). Beginning with page 169 the Ledger entries follow, recording individual customers' accounts. There is an eight page index which precedes this Ledger and Franklin, by November 1736 had used all of the pages in the back of the book, so he then used the blank pages between the Journal and the Ledger, and numbered the pages from front to back. Franklin noted that he had cancelled all of the accounts by March 5, 1757, that were either "settled or not like to be recovered." Some of these were "Carried to Ledger E" See: George Simpson Eddy, Account Books Kept by Benjamin Franklin: Ledger 1728-1729, Journal 1730-1737. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume I, 172-175.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Ledger D
1739-17481 vol.B F85f6.6

This large (ca. 400 page) volume contains entries for credit sales but few payments, for legal forms, paper, ink, quills, etc., much like Ledgers A and B. Also, it contains records of dealings with many public officials of Philadelphia and the governors of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. See: G. S. Eddy. Account Books Kept by Benjamin Franklin. Ledger D, l739-1747. New York: 1929. The Papers, of Benjamin Franklin, volume II, 232-234.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Memorandum book
1757-17761 vol.B F85f6.7

This volume was kept by Deborah Franklin to record her expenditures while Franklin was overseas. After his return in 1762 Franklin kept the entries in this volume. He listed, generally, his major transactions and did not include his petty cash payments. She listed everything she could recall spending. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume VII, 167-168.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Post office book
1748-17521 vol.B F85f6.8

"Post Office Book, 1748, May 25" This volume of 372 pages records receipt and dispatch of all mail in the Philadelphia Post Office between May 25, 1748 and July 23, 1752. Deliveries into the Post Office from out of town were listed, letter by letter, by the names of the addressees, weight and amount due, paid or free. Outgoing mail was simply listed by number of sheets and weight, not by individual letters. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume II, 182-183.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Account book, Franklin and Hall
1752-17661 vol.B F85f6.9

This volume contains four separate lists pertaining, to David Hall's management of the Franklin & Hall partnership. Three of these lists are of cash payment for publishing and the fourth is an inventory of Franklin's shop at the commencement of the partnership. 1.) Record of Money received by Hall for advertisements In the Gazette [Jan. 26, 1748-Jan. 17, 1766]. 2.) Record of advertisements, blanks, &c. , printed for ready cash [Jan. 26, 1748]-Jan. 28, 1766. 3.) Accounts of Money received by David Hall for printing work... commencing Jan[ua]ry. 21st. 1748. 4.) Invoice of Books &c. left in my Hands by Mr. Franklin, taken January 23d. 1748. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume III, 270-271.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Account of Administration of Benjamin Franklin's Property in Philadelphia, by his great grandson Dr. Franklin Bache, and his great great grandson Dr. Thomas Hewson Bache
1820-18741 vol.B F85f6.10

This large, thick volume of ca. 400 pages contains entries of rents from tenants of the houses which Franklin built facing Market Street in Philadelphia; interests on mortgages; repairs to houses; payments to heirs; etc.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Post Office Leidger No. 1
1737-17421 vol.B F85f6.11a

This volume of less than 100 pages is an index of names under their initial letter and dated entries following each name showing charges and payments received. The unpaid accounts were "Carry'd to New Ledger." - Ledger No. 2. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume II, 178-179.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Philadelphia [Post Office Ledger, No.2]
1742-17531 vol.B F85f6.11b

The balances due Franklin from unpaid postage in "Leidger No. 1" are entered here and many people owed Franklin money. Some of the accounts are marked "Paid" and some have a line drawn through them, possibly indicating "Paid." Such outstanding entries due Franklin were entered in "Ledger E." This Post Office Ledger, No. 2, is a large ledger of ca. 325 pages. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume II, 179-180.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Philadelphia Post Office Record Books. No. 3.
17431 vol.B F85f6.11c

"Post Office Accounts drawn out Nov. 1743" is a small volume of ca. 50 pages. It contains a list of names with amounts due with notes as to letters delivered, paid, etc. The names are abstracted from Post Office Ledger, No. 2.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Post office account book, wrapped in vellum
17481 vol.B F85f6.12

"Post Office Accounts" May 18, 1748, is the continuation of the above ledger. It contains 68 pages. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume II, 180-181.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Post office book
March 30, 1757-October 17641 vol.B F85f6.13

Franklin, in 1757, appointed his wife's nephew-in-law, William Dunlap, to succeed William Franklin as the Philadelphia postmaster. This volume of ca. 90 written pages lists the letters received at the post office and may well supply a fair picture of the colonial postal system with Philadelphia as a focal point. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin., volume VII, 158-160.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Post office book, (list of names)
[ca.l74l]1 vol.B F85f6.14

"List of Lettars in the Post Office," lists unclaimed letters which were, most probably, the dead letters found in any post office. This volume is ca. 50 pages. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume II, 181.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Shop book
1737-17391 vol.B F85f6.15

This volume contains the same kind of entries as "Leidger A" (Journal) and most of the entries herein were made by Deborah Franklin. Since these entries overlap with those in "Leidger A" (Journal), it is sensible to assume that the entries were made in whichever volume proved more convenient at the time, with Franklin more likely to use the Journal and his wife the Shop Book. Most entries appear under date of transaction. From the Shop Book and "Leidgers A & B" a good picture of Franklin's business activities emerges. His printing ventures, goods sold over the counter in the shop and items for his business use or resale give an insight to the struggles to get ahead in the world, for he sold everything from ink and quills to printed legal forms and books. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume II, 127-128.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Bank deposit book with Smith, Wright, and Gray, Bankers, London
1734-17741 vol.B F85f6.16

This volume contains Franklin's account with the London banking firm of Smith, Wright & Gray. It is a small volume which lists his deposits, withdrawals and drafts during his second mission to England as agent for Pennsylvania. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume XI, 179-180.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Ledger
1764-17751 vol.B F85f6.17

"The Ledger of Benjamin Franklin containing Accounts of such Transactions only as have pass'd since his leaving Philadelphia Nov[embe]r 7. 1764 and during his Residence in London" is a volume of 71 facing pages of debit and credit entries with individuals or businesses, etc., and contain the date, a brief description of the transaction, and the amounts of each. This "Ledger" is to be used in conjunction with the "Journal; 1764-1776," for they were "put in order" by Jonathan Williams, Jr., Franklin's grandnephew and Franklin kept both volumes thereafter. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume XI, 5-8-520.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Cash book
1772-17781 vol.B F85f6.18

This is a cash book, with a title page: A Petty Cash-Book, (Properly Ruled, Titled, and interleaved with blotting Paper) for Compact Accounts, or Minutes, of Receipts and Payments of Money, for Housekeeping, Pocket-Expences, or Any other Family or Personal Concerns, which require A small and cheap Book: To which are prefixed Necessary Explanations and Directions for such Persons as are not conversant in Accounts. London: n.d. Franklin entered herein freight of books from Edinburgh, charcoal, frame-maker, coach hire, letter, telescopes, messengers, "To a poor Artist who offer'd some Machines which he thought useful to America," etc. on the credit side and the debits are listed as "Cash in hand," Received on Saturday...," "'Rec'd of V. T. Franklin the Ballace of the Money furnish'd by Mr. Adams for the Expence of his Journey to Dieppe for which I am Dt to Congress," etc.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Waste Book. Account of Money Transactions, Receipts and Disbursements In France
December 3, 1776-March 10, 1779.1 vol.B F85f6.19

This small volume of 11 pages was kept by Benjamin Franklin and his grandson and secretary, William Temple Franklin. The old gentleman listed his expanses from landing in France to his arrival in Paris; money sent to his friend, Samuel Vaughan, of London; carriage rentals; advances to "a German Officer to help him on to one of the sea Ports;" "laundry;" "cleaning the Rooms;" etc.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Account of Money received from the Commissioners of the United States for their use
17771 vol.B F85f6.20

This volume was kept by someone other than William Temple Franklin, although some entries are in his hand and he examined it, Sept. 14, 1778 and wrote: "Delivered a Copy of the Above Accounts to Mr. J. Adams this Day to be examined and settled." Adams, B. Franklin and Silas Deane's accounts for wine, "Coffee House for Letters, &c," servants wages, blacksmiths, "expenses when at Versailles," laundry, etc.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Account of family expenses
17791 vol.B F85f6.21

This vellum bound volume, which contains ca.30 pages of writing, was kept by William Temple Franklin for his grandfather, Benjamin Franklin, while they were in France. Benjamin Franklin examined it occasionally and signed it as being correct. These are purely personal expenditures for laundry, dinners, stationery, servants wages, "Paid for Musick (being the Day the Declaration of American Independence was celebrated)" pocket umbrella, books, cords of wood, etc. This is a copy, in part, of No. 22. It is not the account book containing Benjamin Franklin's signature, but his signature is copied on the correct pages.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Account of family expenses
17791 vol.B F85f6.22

This vellum bound "Account of Monies received from Benjamin Franklin Esquire (for the purpose of paying the Family Expenses) of ca.55 pages was kept by William Temple Franklin. The expenses included tavern accounts, books, coachmens wages, servants wages, stationers accounts, etc.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Account book
17821 vol. (on floor C)B F85 f6.23

This list is arranged by date of receipt and the entries are arranged by the line on the page (ther are 12 numbered double pages); number; where drawn; date drawn; term; tenor; in whose favor; dollars; livres; by whom drawn; by whom countersigned; check letters; whan accepted; and by whom presented. Most of these bills were drawn by Francis Hopkinson and John Adams. This volume was kept by the Franklins when in France.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Account book
17821 vol. (on floor C)B F85 f6.24

Ledger containing a list of loan office bills. This list is arranged by date of receipt and the entries are arranged by the line on the cage (there are 67 numbered double pages); number; where drawn; date drawn; term; tenor; in whose favor; dollars; livres; by whom drawn; by whom countersigned; check letters; when accepted; and by whom presented. Most of these bills were drawn by Michael Hillegas and Francis Hopkinson. This ledger was kept by the Franklins when in France.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Wastebook
1785-17871 vol.B F85f6.25

This volume was kept by Benjamin Franklin and there is a small notice, in his hand, pasted to a page: "B.F.s Private Acc[oun]ts." It consists of 18 pages recording payment of taxes, purchase of stockings, hats, bookcases, thermometer, hams, etc., servants wages, etc. Franklin's French expenses are on the first two pages under dates of December 1776-April 1777. At the end of the volume is an index and several pages of accounts with the Congress, William Temple Franklin, Caffieri, etc.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Receipt book of Sarah Read (Franklin?s mother-in-law)
1714-17461 vol.B F85f6.26

The book of ca. 25 pages contains the occasional receipts written and signed in different hands, acknowledging receipt of funds from Mrs. Read. Benjamin Franklin signed one such receipt.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Ledger book of Peter Franklin
1743-17621 vol.B F85f6.27

This volume consists of 137 numbered double pages (debit and credit sides) of sales from 1741 to 1761. Peter Franklin entered sales from a general store, with certain extraordinary items sold: fish, beeswax, onions, "Delph" plates, black beads, fans, shoe buckles, fabrics, tea, nails, wood, planks, etc., to different people, among whom are names such as Governor Ward, John Banister, John Mecom, Sarah Gould "of the Vinyard," Ephraim Brown, John Franklin, etc.

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Franklin, William Temple, 1760-1823.
Account book
17861 vol.B F85f6.28

"Advances, on Account of the Sum Stipulated to be furnish'd, in his Agreement with Mr. W[illia]m. Pyne;" February 27-November 16, 1786. This vellum bound volume of ca.100 leaves, of which 8 contain writing, consists of the account of the tenant who farmed W.T.Franklin's "Farm in the Jersies," listing payments to Pyne and payments made by Franklin for ploughing;, seeds, horse, smith work, farming implements, etc.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Account book, family
17861 vol.B F85f6.29

"William T. Franklin's Advances for the Family. - being on Account of the Sum stipulated to be furnish'd in his Agreement with Mr. Pyne;" March 23, l786-Nov. 27, 1786. This vellum bound volume of ca.100 leaves, of which 10 contain; writing, consists of entries of barrel of pork; killing a calf; candles; soap; mustard; china; coffee pot; tea kettle; buckets; cheese; salt; etc., for use on W.T.Franklin's farm by the tenant family.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Post office book, letters received
1767-17681 vol.B F85f6.30

These printed forms were filled in in manuscript and list the letters received from other colonial post offices or from ships in the Philadelphia Post Office by Postmaster Thomas Foxcroft. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, volume XIV, l47-148.

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Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Post office book, letters received
1764-17671 vol.B F85f6.31

This is not, strictly speaking, a volume of accounts. It consists of a series of loose printed sheets, filled in in manuscript, under the headings of: Date of the Bills sent; To what Office the Letters were sent; Number of unpaid Letters, Single, Double, Treble, Pacquet, Sums unpaid, Dwt., Gr.; Number of paid Letters [broken down as the unpaid letters above]; Free Letters, Single, Double, Treble, Pacquet.

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Mss.B.F85.h Bejamin Franklin Estate Records
1788-179731 items

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

General physical description: 31 items

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Bound Volume 1: Letterbook
1788 July 17-1798 Jan. 28 B F85h.1

Includes copy of will and codicils, an estate inventory, correspondence relating to decedents, information on heirs, and some accounts.

Franklin Estate Inventory
  
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Bound Volume 2: Receipt book
1790 April 29-1791 December 23 B F85h.2

Records expenditures by Henry Hill and other executors on behalf of the Franklin estate

Pennsylvania Hospital (Philadelphia, Pa.)..
Extract of minutes
1790 July 13 Folder 1
Hill, Henry, 1732-1798.
to Nathan Jones
1798 January 28 Folder 1
Rogers, John.
to Executors of B. Franklin
1791 July 10 Folder 1
List of Bonds, etc., of B. Franklin by Richard Bache
1790 May 12 Folder 2
Estate of Benjamin Franklin with Thomas Seddon, et.al
1790 April 29-1791 June 11 Folder 2
Estate of Benjamin Franklin with Thomas Seddon, et.al
1790 April 29-1791 Dec. 23 Folder 2
Estate of Benjamin Franklin with Thomas Seddon, et.al
1790 April 29-[1792] May 15 Folder 2
Estate of Benjamin Franklin with E. Mecom
1791 June 29 - Dec. 23 Folder 2
Estate of Benjamin Franklin. Statement
1790 May-1791 Sept. 15 Folder 2
Calculations for payment of 2,000
1790 Oct. 18 Folder 2
Corkrin, James.
Statement to Henry Hill
1796 Sept. 18,22 Folder 2
Hovey, Ebenezer.
to H. Hill
n.d. Folder 2
Rects. Accts. of the Estate of Benjamin Franklin
 7p.Folder 3

including title page

General physical description: 7p.

Febiger, Christian, 1746-1796.
Certification that Henry Hill received sums for B. Franklin's account
1791 Sept. 22 Folder 3
B. F. Bache account with Executors of the Estate of Benjamin Franklin
1797 July 24-1793 August 4 Folder 3
Hill, Henry, 1732-1798.
Account with B.F.Bache
1797 April 1-1793 February 4 Folder 3
Miles, Samuel,