Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Deborah Franklin, 27 February 1760

To Deborah Franklin

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London, Feb. 27. 1760.

My dear Child,

Mr. Lemar9 doing me the Favour to call on me, and acquaint me with his going to Philadelphia, I write this Line to acquaint you that I am now quite well of my late Indisposition, which I mention’d in former Letters.1 By Capt. Bolitho I send you two Saucepans, plated inside with Silver instead of tinning. I bought them at Sheffield, because I thought they would please you; and if you are not much taken with them, I shall be greatly disappointed. I got three, but keep the smallest here to make my Watergruel, and send you the largest and middlemost. The Wine being now fine, proves excellent: The Apples are a great Comfort to me. My Love to all. Please to take Care of and forward the enclos’d.2 I have sent Sally a Cask of Sheffield Goods instead of the Stationary she wrote for to Mr. Hall; which I imagine may answer better.3 I am, my dearest Debby Your ever-loving Husband

B Franklin

Addressed: To / Mrs Franklin / Philadelphia / per favour of / Mr Lemar.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Not identified.

1See above, p. 25, for BF’s “Indisposition” and for the other matters mentioned in this letter.

2Not identified.

3For Sally Franklin’s previous small ventures in business enterprise, beginning when she was only eight years old, see above, IV, 196, 224, 323, 326; VI, 277–8. Now sixteen, she had apparently ordered some stationery to sell, but her father had substituted a cask of Sheffield goods, and sent it in care of his partner David Hall.

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