Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Mary Stevenson, [1760–1762]

To Mary Stevenson

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Friday 2. PM [1760–1762]

Here is a Coach from your House, and no Line to me from you. I will never forgive you, if you do not immediately write me a long Letter in the room of that you stole from me yesterday. You know the Penalty of the old Law was four fold.9 See that you punish yourself fully, and thereby disarm the Resentment of Your injured Friend


[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9“If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.” Exod. 22:1.

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