Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Wharton, 9 November 1764

To Thomas Wharton4

ALS: Yale University Library

Cape Henlopen, Nov. 9. 1764
2 aClock P M.

Dear Sir

We are just putting to Sea, with a Wind fine and fair as can blow. My Love to my good old true Friend your Father,5 and all his worthy Sons;6 And my affectionate Regards to all enquiring Friends. I am Yours affectionately

B Franklin

Endorsed: Benja. Franklin Cape-Henlopen Novr. 9th. 1764

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4So identified on the basis of Wharton’s reply of Nov. 13, 1764; see below, pp. 456–8.

5Joseph Wharton (1707–1776), Philadelphia merchant, benefactor of the Pa. Hospital, and shareholder in Lib. Co. Phila. See above, V, 317, 320, 330.

6Joseph Wharton had ten sons by his first wife, seven and possibly eight of whom were living in 1764. Of these Samuel (above, p. 187 n) and Thomas (above, p. 449 n) had been closely associated with BF in anti-proprietary politics in 1764. By a second wife Wharton had five sons, one of whom, a boy of seven, was living in 1764, and two more of whom had not yet been born.

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