To Deborah Franklin
ALS: American Philosophical Society
London, Dec. 27. 1764
My dear Child
I have just heard that a Ship which left London before I arriv’d is still at Portsmouth and that a Letter may reach her. I can only write a Line or two, just to let you know that I am now almost well, tho’ for 10 or 12 Days I have been severely handled by a most violent Cold, that has worried me extreamly.7 Those of my old Friends who were in town, have given me a most cordial Welcome, but many are yet in the Country, the Parliament not meeting till the 10th. of next Month; so nothing has occur’d to be worth a Letter to my other Friends, but I shall however write to them per Packet. My Love to our Children, and to all that kindly enquire after Your affectionate Husband
[Mrs.] Stevenson desires her Compliments.
Addressed: To / Mrs Franklin / Philadelphia / via New York / per Packet
7. BF had been similarly taken ill, but more seriously, after his arrival in England in 1757; see above, VII, 271, 272–4.