Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Margaret Stevenson and Mary Hewson, 19 April 1782

To Margaret Stevenson and Mary Hewson

ALS: Yale University Library

Paris, April 19. 1782

I wrote to you, my dear dear Friends, very lately,3 and directed my Letter to Cheem in Surrey. Mr Whitefoord tells me that you are removed to Kensington Square, and I fear that my Letter may therefore not find you. I sent it under Cover to Mr William Hodgson, Mercht in Coleman street, which I mention that in case it has not come to hand, you may there enquire for it; tho’ it continues [contains] little worth the Trouble, as it only expresses what you always knew, that I love you both, very much and very sincerely. Mr Whitefoord will inform you how I live,4 & that I am very well, as happy as the Situation of public Affairs will permit, only capable of being made more so if you were here with me; being ever your truly affectionate Friend

B Franklin

Mrs Stevenson & Mrs Hewson

Endorsed: Paris Apr 19—82 37

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3On April 13, above.

4Whitefoord and Oswald left Paris on April 19. BF called on them early that morning and must have brought Whitefoord this letter to deliver; see our annotation of BF’s notes for a conversation with Oswald, [on or before April 19].

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