Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Mary Stevenson, 14 January 1760

From Mary Stevenson

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Wanstead, Janr 14. 1760

Dear Sir

Permit me to address you with the Compliment of the Season; not merely as a Compliment, but with a fervent sincerity. May this Year give you a happy sight of your Native Country, and of those dear Relations you left in it; and if there is anything else wanting to compleat your Felicity, May that be added! May you enjoy a long succession of Years, fraught with all the Blessings you desire!

I thank you, dear Sir, for the present you intend me.8 Your kind Remembrance of me upon every occasion demands my utmost Gratitude. I am extremely happy in finding I am still so much the object of your Regard; and I hope I shall continue to be so, for I shall never cease to be with the highest Esteem your grateful and affectionate Humble Servant

M Stevenson

Addressed: To  Benj Franklin Esqr

Endorsed: Miss Stevenson

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Possibly a silver inkstand made by Edward Aldridge and John Stamper of London in 1758 or 1759 and inscribed: “The Gift of Benjamin Franklin to Mary Stevenson.” In 1936 it was in the possession of Mrs. Mary Hewson Bradford Laning. It is described and illustrated in R. T. H. Halsey, comp., Benjamin Franklin and His Circle a Catalogue of an Exhibition (Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y., 1936), pp. 140, 141.

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