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Franklin, Benjamin : Bill of Receipt, Autograph, February 12, 1754


1 letter


The donation of the Benjamin Franklin letter came to this university in 1982 after the merger with Boston State College, formerly the Teachers College.

Scope and Content

A letter from Benjamin Franklin to Misters Darling and Whiting of New Haven acquired by James D. Perkins and donated to the Franklin Association at its reunion program in 1900. Mr. Perkins was in the class of 1842. The Franklin Association was affiliated with the Teachers College of the City of Boston. The letter is accompanied by a copy of a letter from Perkins, a label, and a clipping concerning the donation.

The N. Whiting referred to in the letter was a member of the firm Darling and Whiting. He was General Nathan Whiting of the French and Indian War fame. The autograph bill of receipt from Franklin to Darling and Whiting shows that Franklin received money from the firm for remittance to London.

View Franklin Bill of Receipt

Transcript of Benjamin Franklin Bill of Receipt autograph

Gentm Philada

Feb. 12. 1754

On my return home a few Days since
I receivd your Fac(?) dated at NHaven Jan. 3
And your N. Whitings from NYork of Jan. 16.
And as you seem rather inclind to lodge your
Money (which I receivd for you of Mr Willing) in
England, than in New York, and we are not
likely to have an Opportunity soon from home
to England, and perhaps you may, I send you
enclosd a Bill of Exchange on London, for £15.11.5
Sterling, which at 67 1/2 the present Rate of Exchange
here makes of our Money £26.1.4 1/4
The £26.5.3 of York Money reducd to this Currency 24.12.5
At 7/6 a Dollar is _________________________
Ballance due to me PensilvaCurrency £1:8:11
I shall write to Mr Whiting by next post, and desiring
to be kindly remembered to all Friends, I remain

Your most humb Servt