Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Deborah Franklin, 15 January 1756

To Deborah Franklin

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Bethlehem, Jan. 15. 1756

My dear Child

We move this Day for Gnadenhutten.8 If you have not Cash sufficient, call upon Mr. Moore,9 the Treasurer, with that Order of the Assembly, and desire him to pay you £100 of it. If he has not Cash in hand Mr. Norris,1 (to whom my Respects) will advance it for him. We shall have with us, about 130 Men, and shall endeavour to act cautiously, so as to give the Enemy no Advantage thro’ our Negligence. Make yourself therefore easy. Give my hearty Love to all Friends. I hope in a Fortnight or three Weeks, God willing, to see the intended Line of Forts finished, and then shall make a Trip to Philadelphia, and send away the Lottery Tickets, pay off the Prizes, &c. tho’ you may pay such as come to hand of those sold in Philadelphia, of my signing. They were but few, the most being sold abroad, and those that sold them and receiv’d the Money will pay off the Prizes.2 I hope you have paid Mrs. Stephens3 for the Bills. I am, my dear Child, Your loving Husband

B Franklin

Addressed: To / Mrs Franklin / Philadelphia / per favr. of / Mr Davis4

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8See below, pp. 380–2, for BF’s march to Gnadenhütten.

9Samuel Preston Moore; see above, IV, 295 n.

1Isaac or Charles Norris, wealthy merchant brothers, the first speaker of the Assembly and the second a trustee of the Loan Office (II, 376 n; III, 90 n).

2Pa. Gaz., Dec. 25, 1755, printed the winning numbers of the second class in the second Philadelphia Academy lottery. See above, V, 505–14. Winners were told they could “receive their Prizes on Demand of the Managers who signed their Billets.”

3Probably Mrs. Mary Stevens. See above, IV, 339.

4Not identified.

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