Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Sir Alexander Dick, 16 August 1762

To Sir Alexander Dick

ALS: Yale University Library

Portsmouth, Augt. 16. 1762

Dear Sir

I am now here just on the Point of departing for America. I cannot go without taking Leave of one from whom I received so many Civilities, so much real Kindness. Accept my sincerest Thanks, and do me the Justice to believe that wherever I am, I shall, while I live, retain a grateful Sense of your Favours. I cannot hope ever to see you in America; but possibly some Friends of yours may hereafter visit us. The least Line from you will make them welcome to me, and they may on your Account be assured of every Service in my Power. Be so good as to make my best Respects acceptable to your Lady and Children,3 and permit me to subscribe myself, with the most perfect Esteem, Dear Friend, Yours affectionately

B Franklin

Sir Alexr Dick

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Sir Alexander’s first wife, Janet, by whom he had two daughters, died on Dec. 26, 1760; on March 23, 1762, he married Miss Mary Butler by whom he had three sons. See above, VIII, 440 n.

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