Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Deborah Franklin, 18 May 1766

To Deborah Franklin

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London, May 18. 1766.

My dear Child

I wrote to you pretty fully per the Packet,9 and shall write again by some of our Ships: But Capt. Cruikshanks1 kindly offering to carry a Letter to you, I write just to let you know I am well, as I hope you any [and] my dear Sally and all our Relations and Friends continue to be. Mrs. Stevenson is getting something to send you,2 and presents her Compliments. Capt. Robinson is arriv’d.3 I am, Your affectionate Husband

B Franklin

Addressed: To Mrs / Fran[klin] / [Philadelphia] / per favour of / Capt. Cruikshanks

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Not found; probably dated about May 9 or 10.

1Possibly Charles Cruikshank, a Scottish gentleman who had served in the British Army and had settled in Pennsylvania, buying the estate called “Clifton Hall” (later “The Grange”) in what is now Delaware Co. He returned to Scotland in 1783. PMHB, vi (1882), 109; xxiii (1899), 77, 80.

2Her bill of lading for “One Case,” July 10, 1766, is in APS.

3The ship Prince George, commanded by BF’s friend James Robinson, had cleared Philadelphia for Lisbon near the end of February. Pa. Gaz., Feb. 27, 1766. Presumably it had gone from Lisbon to England, but mention of its arrival there has not been found in London Chron.

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