Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Mary Stevenson, 5 August 1762

From Mary Stevenson

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Wanstead Augt. 5. 1762

Dear Sir

I was so unfortunate to lose the pleasure of seeing you yesterday in Cravenstreet, but I don’t know whether I ought to say it was unfortunate, for I only bring you distress. My Mother tells me I made you unhappy by my Tears. Could you expect me to part from you without shedding some? I am griev’d to think I should cause you uneasiness, but you need not suffer any my account, for my grief, will cease when I hear you are happily arriv’d at Philadelphia, tho’ while you are going I cannot help being sorrowful. To know I have so valuable a Friend in the World will always afford me great pleasure tho I cannot be with him. Think on me, Dear Sir, as one whom you have made happy, and who will ever with a tender and grateful affection remain Your oblig’d, devoted humble Servant

M Stevenson

My Duty to my Mother.

Addressed: To / Dr Franklin / Cravenstreet / Strand

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