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Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) to John Hunter

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01656 Author/Creator: Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 December 1755 Pagination: 1 p. : docket : free frank ; 21 x 16 cm.

Summary of Content: With autograph free frank. Franklin says that "By our late Act I am engag'd in the Disposition of the 60,000 pounds," money given to him by the Pennsylvania legislature to raise a militia for defence of the state's borders during the French and Indian war. He then asks about "a train of artillery, arms, etc." arriving in Virginia. A personal letter.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

People: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Hunter, John, fl. 1755

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: French and Indian WarAmerican Indian HistoryMilitiaMilitary HistoryFinanceEconomicsGovernment and CivicsLawArtilleryWeaponryGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyFrontiers and ExplorationFrance

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