Author To Speak At Linden Library

LINDEN — Gordon Bond, author of “My Patron: The Friendship of Benjamin Franklin & James Parker,” will appear at the Linden Public Library on June 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Benjamin Franklin is probably the one colonial-era printer most people will recognize. Yet, as he moved into the role of statesman, he formed partnerships with promising young printers, financing their shops and helping to spread printing throughout colonial America. But it was the partnership he formed with New Jersey’s James Parker that noted historian of the press Douglas McMurtrie called, “probably Franklin’s most important partnership outside of Philadelphia.”


James Parker would establish a major print shop in New York, the first print shop in New Jersey and start the first newspaper in Connecticut. His trials and tribulations would help to shape the concept of the “freedom of the press” that would become so important to the foundation of the fledgling United States.

Historian and author Gordon Bond explores not only the nature of the business partnership between Parker and Franklin, but the longstanding friendship between both the men and their families in his new presentation, “My Patron: The Friendship of James Parker & Benjamin Franklin.”

Bond is giving his presentation in support of the September 2010 release of the second edition of his book, “James Parker: A Printer on the Eve of Revolution” by Garden State Legacy. This in-depth exploration of the life and times of this important, yet often overlooked colonial era printer has been expanded to include an extra appendix and illustrations. Copies of the book will be available for $25 (plus tax) and he will autograph them after the presentation.

For more information about “James Parker: A Printer on the Eve of Revolution,” visit:

The program will take place on June 13 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, or to sign up for the program, call Dennis Purves at 1-908-298-3830, extension 11.

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