Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Isaac All, 30 April 1765

From Isaac All

ALS: American Philosophical Society

[Ham]burgh 30th. April 1765

Dear Sir

Your favour of the 3d. March I answer’d the 12th.3 which I hope Came to your hand when I wrote I expected to have had the pleasure of Seeing in a Short time but a Misfortune happening has keept me here Contrary to my expectation on the 8th. Instant in a Very hard gale of wind my Ship was drove on Shore when She was near loaded and At high Water Circumstances which Agravated our distress as we ware Oblig’d to take out All the Cargo and the tide never returning Sufficient to float her as the wind intirely governs the tide here.4 I am impatiently waiting a Change as it has been Contrary ever Since I have [been] on Shore. I took the liberty to beg your direction Concerning Erecting A rod to Atract the Lightning as there is no part of the Gentlemans House with An upright Side beg to know whether the rod may run Angleing. I hope you have had late letters from home and that every body is well. Pray [torn5] when you Write them. I am with Respect Dear Sir Your Affectionate Kinsman and Most Humble Servant

Isaac All

Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin Esqr. / At Mrs. Stevensons Craven / Street / London6

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3See above, pp. 81–2.

4London Chron., April 20–23, 1765, reported: “The Pennsylvania packet, All, from Hamburgh to London, was in a violent storm drove ashore in Hamburgh river, and must be unloaded.”

5About half a line is missing; the lost words are probably something like “present my Duty to them.”

6On the address page is an unexplained rough sketch probably made by BF. It suggests the cross-section of a mortar and pestle with a siphon-shaped outlet pipe from the bottom of the mortar.

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