Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Mary Stevenson, 27 June 1763

To Mary Stevenson

ALS: American Philosophical Society

New York, June 27. 1763

Dear Polley,

I received here your kind little Letter of April 14. with your good Mama’s Favour of the same Date.4 I write this Line chiefly to acknowledge it, having wrote to you lately, and little now to add. I congratulate you on your Dolly’s Recovery,5 which you mention as nearly compleated, assuring you that I do, as you suppose, participate your Pleasure. Tell her that the old American loves her; and all that agreable Family that he remembers and honours them. I am glad you are pleas’d with your new Neighbours; those you left you us’d to like, and as Wanstead is in itself a more pleasant Place than Kensington, you must have suffer’d greatly by the Exchange if those you found there were disagreable.6 I am asham’d to send a Letter so far with so little in it; In some future Letter I will endeavour to make Amends. My respectful Compliments to your good Aunts; I am, as ever, my dear Friend, Yours affectionately

B Franklin

Endorsed: New York June 27–63

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Neither letter has been found.

5Polly’s friend, Dolly Blunt.

6Polly’s missing letter of April 14 apparently reported that the aunts with whom she lived, Mrs. Tickell and Mrs. Rooke, had moved from Wanstead to Kensington.

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