From William Bell
ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Ostend September 16th 1782
Agreable to my promise, I here Inform you that I shall (wind & Weather permitting) sail for Philadelphia the 1th of next Month—4 Should you have any commands that may be in my power to execute, and will let me have them in time, they will merit my utmost attention; as it will at all times give me great Pleasure to shew you my Gratitude— I have nothing new to Communicate worth your notice having no late letters from Philadelphia—my best wishes attend you, and am Dear Sir, your most Obt. Huble Servt.
His Excellency Benjamin Franklin Esqr.
4. Bell arrived in Philadelphia by Jan. 20, and established himself as a grocer: Morris Papers, VII, 325; Laurens Papers, XVI, 1n. Sally Beckwith, who had been traveling with him, must have sailed on the same ship as she arrived in Philadelphia around the same time: SB to BF, Jan. 24, 1783 (two letters, APS).