Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Elizabeth Hubbart, 5 March 1756

To Elizabeth Hubbart

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philada. March 5. 1756

Dear Betsey

Excuse my not writing to your good Mama and my other Friends. I am excessively hurried, and not very well.

I shall send a Commission to Cousin Tuthill.6 I am going shortly to Virginia if nothing hinders, and could be glad to have the State of the Office Accounts and the Ballance, that I may settle it with Mr. Hunter.

Pray desire him to put Huske’s7 Bond in Suit. Perhaps it may be recovered, as the King’s Debts always have the Preference.

The Lottery draws next Monday.8

Adieu. Love to all. I am, Your affectionate Papa   B Franklin

Addressed: To / Mrs.9 Eliz Hubbard / Post Office / Boston / Free

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Tuthill Hubbart, Elizabeth’s brother, commissioned postmaster of Boston in succession to his stepfather, John Franklin.

7Ellis Huske, John Franklin’s predecessor in the Boston post office. See above, IV, 318.

8See above, pp. 403–4.

9The use of “Mrs.” for an unmarried woman, while declining, was still common.

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