1769 January 9. Benjamin Franklin ALS to Joseph Galloway; London, [England].
Please extend his appreciation to the Assembly for his new appointment. Hopes that his telescope order will be finished "in time." Regarding Boston: "Some Indiscretion on the part of their warmer People, or of the Soldiery, I am extreamly apprehensive May occasion a Tumult; and if Blood is once drawn, there is no forseeing how far the Mischief May spread." The ministers are uncertain of how to act with America. Discussion of the Duty Acts and the sentiments of the British government. Hillsborough's speech and position on the Duty Acts. Pennsylvania's petition to the King and parliamentary responses. Distribution of a pamphlet that he believes was produced by a member of the Rockingham Party. Regarding conciliation: "Tis easy to propose a Plan; mine May be express'd in a few Words; Repeal the Laws, Renounce the Right, Recall the Troops, Refund the Money, and Return to the old Method of Requisition."