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Contents

  1. 18th century
  2. Full text of "The writings of Benjamin Franklin;"
  3. When Words Fail: William Pitt, Benjamin Franklin and the Imperial Crisis of 1766
  4. War, Nationalism, and the British Sailor, 1750–1850

Expects to complete his work during the summer. The Speaker frequently inquires after Franklin. Can get no satisfactory information about Mr. Barker or his family; if the heir was in the East India service, can easily procure intelligence of him. Not surprised at the joy universally expressed on Mr. Franklin's arrival in Philadelphia. His letter, containing an account of Madeira, most welcome, he being one of the committee to inquire into its state. Concerning the Act of Assembly received from Mr. Expressing his own and his family's great satisfaction at the news of Franklin's safe arrival.

Reasons why Franklin should return to England. Put into Lord Bute's hands Franklin's proposals as to the preservation of gun-powder, as well as the best means for securing the health of the garrison at Senegal. Shells for Lady Bute.

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Meetings at his house Sunday evenings. Will send Franklin's account of the paper currency to Lord Shelburne. Watson's cure of tetanus by electricity. Bartram and the History of Florida for Franklin. He and Franklin both fortunate in their family connections. Encloses receipt for box of books and one for box of seeds. From a New York newspaper, see a new colony called New Wales is to be settled on the Ohio; asks him to forward any work relating to this expedition.

Urged by the greatest necessity, or else would not trouble him.

Franklin to send orders to procure him that sum he gave him hopes of, before commencing his journey; his distress very great and if Mr. Acknowledging letter, with inclosure to be forwarded to Mr. Mentions box of books again, its contents, etc.

Edwards has published 7th volume of 'Birds and Animals, etc. Sending him six pounds of burnet seeds and explaining its manifold advantages. Promises him the seeds of an uncommonly good cabbage, which grows in Anjou. Description of the new hemp machine. Entertainment given to Pennsylvania's new Governor [John Penn]; to judge by appearance, he lacks striking abilities, he''ll be the easier governed by his uncle; Proprietor Thomas was there and anxious to Know if Mr.

Franklin was coming over to solicit a revival of Dr. Coxe's grant for lands on the Mississippi. Loss of Lord Egremont, hopes they may be as happy in the new appointment. Concerned at the new rupture with the Indians, reasons for it. Canton thinks he is forgotten. Their friend Hamilton sends thanks for instructions and hopes Franklin will be tempted over soon. Recalls meeting Mr. Franklin at the house of his worthy partner, Mr. Collins, of Rhode Island. Larely arrived from England, but finds climate in Virginia so disagreeable, has decided to go to Philadelphia. Compliments Franklin on his discoveries, experiments and signal services.

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Having occasion for a trifle of cash, took the liberty to draw on Mr. Franklin for a small amount for travelling expenses to Philadelphia; will remit the money as soon as he arrives in that city. Acknowledging his letters from Boston. The enclosed were drawn up at the breaking out of the Cherokee War; a few hints drawn from them might have prevented these cruel recent depredations.

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Full text of "The writings of Benjamin Franklin;"

News just arrived of their defeat, much concern felt. Thanking him for his communication of the 19th inst. Quotes a request [in Latin] by Father Beccaria. Congratulates him upon the honors conferred on him. Though Mr. Cumming's letter will inform him of the motive, which induced the friends of the bearer to send him to Philadelphia, yet, as the father of the boy, desired to state his reasons for the step.

The lad has been carefully brought up; has been an apprentice for two years, but had too much liberty to go out after the business of the day was over; afraid of his being led into irregularities and extravagances, so, by Mr. Cumming's advice, decided to send him abroad; hopes Mr. Franklin will be so good as to accept him for the remainder of his time; sets forth his attainments; asks that he may be kept closely at work.

Sends this letter by Capt. Already greatly in Mr. Franklin's debt, but intends to contract a fresh one; Mr.


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Griffith Jones, a printer in fleet St. Lord Shelburne's interest in Franklin; on his being appointed Lord of 'I'rade, desired any information Franklin could impart, relative to the public good of his Province; since then a turbulent routish faction occasioned his resignation; he is still the King's favorite and must always have interest everywhere; advises Franklin to write to him and to ignore his resignation.

Messages to his wife, son and daughter,— is the last-named married?

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Has not had a line from him since his letter of Aug. His son brought home ill from Eton, but all that is happily over.

When Words Fail: William Pitt, Benjamin Franklin and the Imperial Crisis of 1766

Lord Egmont's preferment and Lord Hyde's appointment in his place; will carry out his wishes with the latter if possible. Party feeling running high. The Ministry sure to carry their point in Parliament regarding Wilkes; the result in Westminster Hall less certain. Concerning money matters. His interest in Franklin's son, now Governor of New Jersey. Messages from various friends. Greatly concerned to hear of Franklin's misfortune but hopes by this time the cure is perfectly effected. Concerning some business connected with a grant which he is negotiating for Dr.

Franklin with the Messrs. Coxe; search for original draught. Parliament meets on Tuesday, Mr. Wiles' business will come up then; House of Commons will probably express resentment at the use he has made of their privilege; session likely to be one of great heat and animosity; fears something relative to America will be done, very much against his opinion. Question of duty on molasses; will oppose all inland duties laid by Parliament on the colonies.

Province of Pennsylvania excluded from all share of the money granted by Parliament for the service of ; fears this is not the only ill office the General has done the Province. Penn on his Jackson's side in this matter.

War, Nationalism, and the British Sailor, 1750–1850

Acknowledging the receipt of several letters and transmitting a statement of their account with Mr. Asks him to recommend them to Richard Jackson, Esq. Various failures; fall of stocks. Unsettled state of the Ministry. Question relative to Wilkes; majority in the House; duel fought between him and Sam Martin, late of the Treasury; Wilkes wounded in the body, but not fatally; the paper is voted to be burnt by the hands of the common hangman; and 'tis thought the author will be expelled.

Has had only one letter from him in a great while; hopes he is effectually cured; with such news, could make one thousand people happy. Lord Hyde to take Lord Egmont's place, Lord Halifax has now the administration of American affairs; this mutability no proof of an unstable Ministry. Has a good deal of access to Mr. Grenville, who is at the head of it. American affairs in a critical situation. Thinks Maj. Barker at Manila is the gentleman sought after by Franklin; expects him in England in February on March. Difficulty of the work connected with Messrs. Coxe's application; various other claims to the land.

His opinion that the mother country is mistress of the trade of its colonies, that she may prohibit foreign trade and may therefore tax; dreads internal taxes. Messages to Mr. Allen's stand on behalf of the Province.