Towards Political Independence

  • J. R. Pole
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Works of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Jared Sparks (1856) 111 36 et seq.


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  1. ‘The City have offered us the Carpenters Hall, so called, to meet in, and Mr Galloway offers the State House and insists on our meeting there, which he says he has a right to offer as Speaker of that House. The last is evidently the best place, but as he offers, the other party oppose’ (Silas Deane to Mrs Deane, September 1–3, 1774, Letters of Members, ed. Burnett (1921–36) 14–5; see also pp. 8–10).Google Scholar
  2. Carpenters’ Hall was so new that some details in it were not yet completed. The second floor had, however, been rented and occupied by the Library Company of Philadelphia since 1773. The most authoritative historical and descriptive account of Carpenters’ Hall is by Charles E. Peterson, in Historic Philadelphia (American Philosophical Society, Transactions, vol. 43 (1953) 96–128), which is copiously illustrated.Google Scholar
  3. For an account of Thomson’s assumption of his duties, supposedly written by Thomson himself, see Letters of Members, ed. Burnett, 110, note. Galloway’s unhappy comments on the selection of both the meeting place and the secretary are in his letter of this date to Gov. William Franklin (Archives of the State of New Jersey, 1st series, vol. 10 (1886) 477–8).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. R. Pole
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CambridgeUK
  2. 2.Churchill CollegeUK

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