Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Lady Dick, 12 October 1759

From Lady Dick

AL: American Philosophical Society

Prestonfild Octobr 12th [1759]

Lady Dicks Compliments to Doctor Franklen a good Journy to father and son, a happy meeting with Mrs. Franklin and Miss at Philadelphia,1

I send this Empty purse to you.

and wish it May be always fou,2

My Pythagorean Honest John3

with us regrits you when your gone.

Addressed: To / Doctor Franklen

Endorsed: Lady Dick with a Purse

1BF had probably told the Dicks of his hope to return to Philadelphia in a few months, as soon as his business pending before the Privy Council should be finished.

2Scots for “full.” In his letter of Jan. 3, 1760, to Sir Alexander Dick BF sent his respectful compliments to Lady Dick and asked him to “assure her I have great faith in her parting-Prayers, that the Purse she honour’d me with will never be quite empty.” N.Y. Pub. Lib.

3John Williamson of Moffat; see below, p. 445 n.

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