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. Edward Bridgen, a North Carolinian and part of the London mercantile firm Bridgen
& Waller, served at various times as a London alderman and was a friend of Thomas
Brand Hollis. He spent considerable time with the Adamses when they went to England
after the war. Bridgen exchanged numerous letters with Benjamin Franklin and
, most notably on the possibility of his firm supplying copper blanks for coinage.
See JA, Diary and Autobiography
Cal. Franklin Papers, A.P.S.
; List of the Benjamin Franklin Papers in the Library of Congress
, Washington, D.C., 1905.