Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Anna Maria Shipley, 1 October 1779

From Anna Maria Shipley

ALS: American Philosophical Society

St. James’s Place Ocb. 1st. 1779

As I have this Moment heard of a conveyance for a letter I cannot omit intruding a few lines on you to say how much & gratefully I felt your goodness in writing to me by Mr Jones.3 & at the same time to tell you of the welfare of a Family that esteems your friendship amongst their most valuable blessing & wishes & prays with the greatest sincerty for yr peace & happiness. I left all well in Hampshire last week. I am now going with this family into Northamptonshire ’till the meeting of Parliment.4 Adieu my dear Sir with more esteem & admiration than I can express. Believe me affetly. Yrs.


Addressed: Doctor Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3On May 28 William Jones informed BF that he was leaving Paris shortly and would carry any letters for London: XXIX, 570. He must have delivered BF’s of May 25 to her: XXIX, 537–8.

4They were probably leaving for Lord and Lady Spencer’s in Althorp: XXIX, 275n.

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