Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to David Hall, 12 January 1765

To David Hall

ALS: Yale University Library

London, Jan. 12. 1765

Dear Mr. Hall,

I received your kind Letter of Nov. 22.5 and thank you for your good Wishes in my Behalf. I had, after a short Passage, the Pleasure of finding our Friend Strahan and all his Family well and happy; and my other Friends as cordial as ever. I am oblig’d to you for calling so often at our House, and doubt not a Continuance of your Friendly Offices towards my little Family, which need them more than ever, as we have now more Enemies.6

I received the Papers, and should be glad you would send me withal any new Pamphlets that may come out among you in my Absence.

Mr. Karr of the Pennsylvania Coffee House desires you would send the Papers to him directed agreable to the enclos’d.7

The Printing Press I have enquired after, and find it is not yet done.8

As to the Politics of this Country, there has lately been a dead Calm, the Heart of the Minority seeming to be broke, by the Death of sundry of the Leaders, and of the Barkers.9 Whether any thing will revive the Opposition during the Session of Parliament now begun, I cannot guess, but rather think it unlikely.

My love to Cousin Molly,1 and tell her I took extreamly kind the Lines she sent me just at my Departure, tho’ I had not time to answer them. I pray for every Blessing on her and you, and all yours, being with great Sincerity Your affectionate Friend and humble Servant

B. Franklin

Addressed: To / Mr David Hall / Printer / Philadelphia / via N York / per Packet

Endorsed: Mr. Franklin, January 12. 1765. [And in another hand:] For Perusal.2

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Not found.

6BF’s political opponents in the election of October 1764 had continued their enmity to him and his party, as is made clear in letters from Thomas and Samuel Wharton during November and December 1764, and in William Smith’s Answer to Mr. Franklin’s Remarks of December 7; see above, XI, 457, 471–4, 484–5, 486–516, 525–8.

7It was customary for the coffeehouses bearing the names of the several colonies to keep available for their patrons copies of the appropriate colonial newspapers. Attached to the bottom of this sheet of BF’s letter is a slip of paper on which is written in another hand: “To / Robt. Charles Esqr. / Post Office / London / for Mr. Karr / at the Pennsylvania / per Ship.” The Pennsylvania Coffee House was in Birchin Lane. Robert Charles, formerly agent of Pa. and still agent of N.Y., had become comptroller of the Inland Office of the Post Office; above, X, 242.

8Not otherwise referred to in the surviving correspondence.

9Several of Grenville’s political opponents had recently died—Lord Hardwicke, Henry Legge, and the Duke of Devonshire—as had Charles Churchill, a strong supporter of Wilkes. On the temporary political calm, see D.A. Winstanley, Personal and Party Government (Cambridge, 1910), pp. 204–15.

1Hall’s wife, the former Mary Leacock (F.2.2.3), DF’s second cousin; above, VIII, 140–1. The “Lines” she sent BF at his departure have not been found.

2The origin and purpose of this added endorsement have not been determined.

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