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From Benjamin Franklin to Mary Hewson, 13 May 1782

To Mary Hewson

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Passy, May 13. 1782

My dear dear Friend

I received your very kind Letter by Mr. Whitefoord, with the Books,6 which I think a judicious Collection, and hope the Reading of them by my Grandson may have a good Effect, in rendring him more worthy of the Happiness you are providing for him, in the Education of your Daughter. I suppose the Letter I had sent to you before Mr Whitefoord came here the first time, got to hand, tho’ you do not mention it.7 I submit to your Reasonings & Judgment on the Subject of the Proposition I made. I remember Dr Hawkesworth’s Saying, that you had the most logical Head of any Woman he ever knew.8 In this Affair I now doubt my own Head, and suspect it was rather a Project of my Heart. The Truth is, I love you both very much, and wish to be with you any where:—but I dread exposing my good old Friend to the Fatigues and Inconveniencies of such a Journey, and therefore say no more of it at present. Embrace my Godson9 for me, and my Grand-daughter-in-law. My Love to them all, and believe me ever, my dear Friend, Yours most affectionately

B Franklin

Mrs Hewson

Notation: Passy May 13— 82.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Caleb Whitefoord delivered Hewson’s letter of April 25, above. The books were for BFB; see Hewson to BF, May 1.

7BF to Hewson, April 13, above.

8John Hawkesworth, who died in 1773, had been a close friend of Hewson’s: IX, 265–6n.

9Hewson’s son William: XIX, 43n.

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