Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Isaac All, 5 February 1765

From Isaac All6

ALS: American Philosophical Society

[Hamb]urgh7 5th. Febry. 1765

Dear Sir,

Yesterday I had the pleasure to hear of your Arrival in London by a Gentleman lately from thence, on which I most Sincerely Congratulate you as the season of the Year must render your passage disagreeable and dangerous; as I my self found in my Voyage from the Bay of Honduras to this place, where I arrived the 30th. Nov., and soon after saw in the papers An Account of your Imbarking in the begining of the Same month for England, but never could find your Arrival inserted, indeed the News papers have come very irregularly, and a little indisposition part of the months Decr. and Janry hinderd me from seeing them some times, I hope you left my Aunt and Couzin Sally in good health, with all our freinds in Philada. and At Burlington, they must have parted with you with great regret as I am satisfy’d they hoped never to be seperated from you more. I hope to be honor’d with A line from you. I am now loading my ship for London where I shall have the pleasure personally of telling you that I am with the greatest Esteem Dear Sir, Your Affectionate Kindsman And Most Humble Servant

Isaac All8

I ought to have remembred our friends at Rhode Island the[y] were well I hope. Please direct to the Care of Messrs. Wm. Burrowes & Son Merchts, here and pray direct me how I should direct yours.


Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin Esqr. [To be Left At the Pennsylvania / Coffee House9] London

Endorsed: All

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Isaac All (d. 1789), a sea captain of Newport, R.I., had married BF’s niece, Elizabeth Franklin (C.11.6), daughter of his brother James. All engaged in many forms of ocean commerce, including the slave trade, making Philadelphia his headquarters, where he became a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Commerce of Rhode Island 1726–1774 (Mass. Hist. Soc. Colls., 69, Boston, 1914), pp. 110, 203, 205, 209, 212; J. H. Campbell, History of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick (Phila., 1892), p. 95.

7Pa. Gaz., March 7, 1765, reported that “Captain Aul, belonging here, is arrived at Hamburgh, from the Bay of Honduras.”

8For further letters from All at Hamburg and his difficulties in reaching London, see below, pp. 81–2, 117–18.

9This part of the Address is crossed out and the letter is redirected: “at Mrs Stevenson’s / Craven Street / Strand.”

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