Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to William Franklin, 14 October 1754

To William Franklin

ALS: Yale University Library

Boston, Oct. 14. 1754

Dear Son,

I have yours of the 4th Inst.6 and find the Election has turn’d out as I expected.7 I am glad Rutherford has refus’d to undertake the Stage; for I did not like your proposing it to him. I admire Mr. Colden was so unready; I thought every thing had been fully explain’d to him.8

Poor Mr. Hunter is relaps’d into his last Summer Fever;9 and has kept his Bed these 8 Days, frequently delirious, and Watchers attend him every Night. But to day he seems better; he is however extreamly weaken’d and emaciated. This has prevented our Journey to Piscataqua, and very much disconcerts our Measures. He desires to be kindly remember’d to you. It seems now as if we should not return so soon as expected, for I apprehend his Illness may be long, tho’ I hope not dangerous: So write me every thing relating to the Assembly and Governor, his Reception, &c. Your first Session will be over before this can reach you, or I should desire you to present my Respects to some of the Members my old Friends: Let me know particularly what pass’d at the Meeting.1

I enclose Governor Shirley’s late Proceedings at the Eastward. He is particulary civil to me.2

Your Relations here are all well, and remember their Love to you. Your Aunt Mecom says she wants to hear from you often, and that you ought to write to her. I am, Your loving Father

B Franklin

P.S. I have just receiv’d the enclos’d from Capt. Swaine.3 [Give] it to Mr. Allen or Mr. Mifflin. The other enclos’d Letters are from the [Ship’s] Company to their Wives &c. Don’t charge them Postage.

Endorsed: B. Franklin Octr. 14, 1754

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Not found.

7The returns, showing the election of BF and William Callender for Philadelphia City, were printed in Pa. Gaz., Oct. 3, 1754.

8Except that it appears to refer to post-office business in New York, the editors know nothing of this incident.

9See above, p. 395.

1BF was still absent from the Assembly when, in January 1755, they sent a representation to the King against the proprietary instructions, which BF considered ill-judged and ill-timed.

2Governor William Shirley sent the Secretary of State, Sir Thomas Robinson, Aug. 19, 1754, a long account of his visit to the Maine forts and Indians that summer. Shirley Corres., II, 72–83. It was printed in Boston, 1754, as A Journal of the Proceedings at Two Conferences (Evans 7222). Shirley promised Governor Morris of Pennsylvania to send him a copy by BF. I Pa. Arch., II, 181–2.

3Capt. Charles Swaine (see above, IV, 381 n) returned on October 20 to Philadelphia from his second voyage in search of a Northwest Passage, Pa. Gaz., Oct. 24, 1754. On November 9, he presented some Eskimo suits, tools, and other curiosities from Labrador, to the Library Company from the Northwest Company. Ibid., Nov. 14, 1754.

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