Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Mary Lucas, 2 December 1746

From Mary Lucas3

ALS: Haverford College Library

December the 2d 1746

Mr. Franklin

As my husbeand Robt. Lucas in his Life time Did take the Newes Papers, and now is Decesed I now think it no Longer Proper to have them, these are to Requst the faver of you to Stoop them, and Send Down what his Estate is indebted to you for them and I Shall Pay for them at the time oppointed by Law. From Sir your humble Servant

Mary Lucas Executrix

Addressed: To Mr. Benjamin Franklin, Post-  master in Philadelphia  this

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Unidentified. BF’s Ledger D records that Mary Lucas paid 20s., March 25, 1742, presumably for two years of the Gazette. Her husband may have been son of Robert Lucas, who came from England to Bucks County in 1679. PMHB, IX (1885), 228.

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