Scope and arrangement
Work-Book no. 2 (1 volume) is an account book of the Philadelphia printing firm of Benjamin Franklin and David Hall, dated 1759 August 2-1766 January 30. Charges for printing include advertisements in the Pennsylvania Gazette, legal and business forms, political items, and proclamations and other notices for the Pennsylvania government. The volume also contains a list of jobs, 1782-1789, arranged alphabetically by first initial of the account name and chronologically within, presumably created by the successor firm of Hall and Sellers.
Printing jobs for 1759-1766 are listed under entry numbers 1597 to 1936, reflecting rough chronological order. Most entry numbers list multiple jobs, which may cover more than one day. Job entries briefly identify the customer, item supplied, and amount charged.
Entry numbers 1840 (1764 March 31) and 1842 (1764 April 18) contain charges to Benjamin Franklin, Esq. for a “Petition to His Majesty.” Entry 1842 also includes a charge on April 12 to the Province of Pennsylvania for 3,000 copies of “Explanatory Remarks of the Assembly’s Resolves.” These are related to the political campaign by Franklin and others to change the government of Pennsylvania from proprietary to royal authority.