Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to [Peter Franklin], 21 May 1757

To [Peter Franklin]1

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Woodbridge, N Jersey May 21. 1757

Dear Brother,

I have been now near 6 Weeks waiting for the Sailing of the Pacquet, and know not yet when she is like to sail.

I received yours of the 7th Inst.2 with the Invoice and Memorandum, which I shall endeavour to comply with. As to the Pay, I expect not to meddle with your Paper Currency; for I always lose by it.3 With the Goods I shall send Directions about the Time and Manner of Payment.

My Love to dear Sister4 and Thanks for your and her kind Wishes and Prayers, is all at present from Your affectionate Brother

B Franklin

My Wife is here, but Billy and Sally are at New York. If they were present they would join with her in Love to you, Duty, &c.

Endorsed: Brother & Sisters Letters & my Coppies
 The Price Currant [Janury?] you of the Last Payment.5

1This letter is almost certainly to Peter Franklin (C.9), merchant and shipmaster of Newport, BF’s only surviving brother. None of his living brothers-in-law, James Davenport, Edward Mecom, and John Read, followed an occupation which suggests his asking BF to send goods from England.

2Not found.

3Rhode Island currency was notoriously inflationary and unstable, although the parliamentary act of 1751 had halted some of the earlier excesses.

4Peter Franklin’s wife was the former Mary Harmon.

5This endorsement, written very lightly, is virtually undecipherable.

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