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Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) to John Franklin

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05267 Author/Creator: Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 March 1755 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 33 x 20.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to his brother regarding an unscrupulous blackmith and the ensuing trouble from his shoddy handiwork. Asks his brother to tarnish the smith's name. Franklin ends with a pun on the smith's supposed regard for the 8th Commandment: "Thou shalt not Steel."

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution. A Boston candle and soap maker like their father, John Franklin was Benjamin's favorite brother. John was also Postmaster of Boston.

People: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Franklin, John, 1690 - 1756

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: American StatesmenHumor and SatireArtisansReligion

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