To Deborah Franklin
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Annapolis, April 13. 1755 Sunday
My dear Child
We got well over here last Night about 8 aClock.6 I believe I shall not return the same Road with the Company, but go round by Winchester, and so to Carlisle, in order to settle the Posts, which the Assembly agreed to Support for a Year between the Camp and Philadelphia.7 My Love to all. I have receiv’d sundry Pacquets of Newspapers here from England, which I send up under Cover to Mr. Hall, who will give you my Letters and the Magazines. I am, Your Loving Husband
Addressed: To / Mrs Franklin / Philada
6. Governors Shirley and Morris set out from Philadelphia for Alexandria for a conference with General Braddock on the afternoon of April 9, “attended by a number of Gentlemen.” Pa. Gaz., April. 10, 1755. BF accompanied the party as far as Annapolis (see below, p. 59).
7. On March 18 Governor Morris informed the Assembly that General Braddock, recently arrived in Virginia, wanted a post established between Winchester and Philadelphia for forwarding his dispatches. On the 22d the Assembly asked BF to consider the proposal and report his opinion on the best method of establishing this post. He responded, April 9, expressing his willingness to undertake the matter, reporting at the end of the year on the receipts and expenses, if the Assembly would agree to make good any deficiency. The House accepted the arrangement. Votes, 1754–55, pp. 70, 74–5, 87.