Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Ann Penn, 16 September 1766

From Ann Penn8

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Dublin septbr the 16 1766


I hope you are Recoverd. from your late fatigue and indisposition,9 my dear Springett has been very Ill of a fever I had 2 the most Eminent Physicians to attend him. He is better, but is very weak. I have him in the Country for the air, he would write to you himself but it would fatigue him to much,1 but joyns with me in in our best wishes for your self and family your Humble servant

A Penn

Please to direct as usuall.

Please to give our Compliments to mrs. Stephenson who I hope with her daughter is well.

Addressed: To / Benjamn. Franklin Esqr. / att Mrs Stephensons, / In Craven Street In / the Strand / London

Endorsed: [Mrs.] Penn Sept. 16. 1766

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Ann Penn (d. 1767), widow of William Penn, 3d, and mother of Springett Penn; above, IX, 260–2.

9Possibly a reference to BF’s illness in the late spring; above, p. 315.

1Springett Penn died of tuberculosis in early November, less than two months after his mother wrote this letter; PMHB, xxii (1898), 183.

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