Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Isaac All, 12 March 1765

From Isaac All1

ALS: American Philosophical Society

[Ham]burgh 12th. March 1765

Dear Sir

I with great pleasure Acknowlege the Receipt of your favour of the 3d.2 and am very glad to hear You have such late news from your family and friends at Philada. I hope their health will be continued and yourself soon restored never more to be seperated from them. I am much better then when I wrote you but have been Oblig’d since that time to undergo a Very Severe Operation for the Cure of a Fistula which has been done very Successfully and am in a way of recovering-Soon I hope to leave this place in 3 Weeks and when I have the pleasure of Seeing you shall be glad to inform you of what passed in Honduras while I was in that Country.3 I now presume to beg a favour. A Gentleman of my Acquaintence having a house in the Country where he and his family for the most live in the Summer time and as the place is very Subject to thunder and lightning he is very desireous of having one of your Electrical Rods Set thereon. I have undertaken to get him directions how it is to be put up, [if your time will4] permit you [I] Shall esteem it a favour if you will tell me how the rods should be made, and the manner they are to be Erected, whether it is necessary they should be perpendicular or if the rod may run Slanting. If you have any opportunity to write to Philada my Duty love and best wishes Attends All our friends. I am with the greatest respect Dear Sir Your Affectionate Kinsman And Most Humble Servant

Isaac All

Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin Esqr. / At. Mrs. Stevenson’s Craven Street / London

Endorsed: All

1For Isaac All and his first letter from Hamburgh, see above, pp. 31–2.

2Not found.

3For comments by BF and Richard Jackson on prospects of British settlements in Honduras and the Mosquito Coast, where Spanish authorities were opposing the activities of the logwood cutters, see above, XI, 236, 313. London Chron. and Pa. Gaz. through 1764–65 carried several accounts of Spanish seizures.

4The MS is torn but remnants of some letters suggest that these are the missing words.

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