THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY
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December 14, 1789
Governor Randolph Wrote a Letter Regarding the Claim of Benjamin Franklin
In this letter to Thomas Mathews (1742–1812), Speaker of the House of Delegates, Governor Beverley Randolph (1754–1797) enclosed documents from the representative of Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) seeking compensation for the types, printing presses, and other items that Franklin had provided a Virginia printer during the Revolutionary War. Governor Randolph stated that though his office did not have any documents describing the amount of compensation owed, he believed that “from the character of the Claimant there can be little doubt of its Justice.”