Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Amelia Evans, 6 March 1766

From Amelia Evans

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Portsmouth 6 March 1766

Dear Sir,

I write to beg ten thousand pardons for not having waited on you before I left town but having been excessively hurried with the necessary preparations for our embarkation I deferred seeing most of my friends till I found I was not mistress of a moment. But I hope you will pardon me Sir and allow me to intreat yours and Mrs. Stevensons wishes for success to the Æolus which is the Man of war we are to sail in. She is command by Capt. Gower brother to my Lord Gower.8 We are to have a prodigious number of passengers among the rest is Sir Thos. Erskin9 who is I believe going to visit the remains of antient magnificence in the African world from whence I shall certainly (having your permission Sir) do myself the honor of writing to you.

If you will please to give yourself the trouble of sending to Mrs. Mistiviers french school at the Edinburgh Castle Drury lane you may get a Copper plate of my fathers of Pensilvania, New Jersey, New York and the Counties up the River Deleware.1 It can now be of no use to me and possibly to nobody but I would not have it lost as it was my fathers and when you return to America it m[a]y chance to be of some use.

My respectful compliments wait on Mrs. Stephenson to whom I ought to appologize for not having waited on her but the excuse I have pleaded to you Sir I hope will entirely satisfy that Lady. With the greatest sincerity and respect I am Sir your most obliged Humble Servant

Amelia Evans

Endorsed: Amelia Evans

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8John Leveson-Gower (1740–1792) commanded the Aeolus frigate in the Mediterranean, 1766–67. He was the half-brother of Granville Leveson-Gower (1721–1803), 2d Earl Gower, created Marquis of Stafford in 1786.

9The editors have been unable to identify this gentleman among the several Erskine families of Scotland.

1This was Lewis Evans’ Map of Pensilvania, New-Jersey, New-York, And the Three Delaware Counties, published in 1749; above, III, 392 n, and this volume, p. 164.

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