Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Deborah Franklin, 15 December 1766

To Deborah Franklin

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London, Dec. 15: 1766

My dear Child

I omitted one thing in my Letter of Saturday,8 which I intended to mention, viz. to desire you to send me three or four young Trees of the Newtown Pippin kind,9 or else a few Cuttings for Grafts solder’d up in a Tin Tube to keep them from drying. Mr. Bartram or Mr. Roberts will be good enough to tell you which is best, and also the best time to send them. They are for a very good Friend here, whom I would fain oblige. I am, Your affectionate Husband [Love] to Sally

B Franklin

Addressed: To / Mrs Franklin / Philadelphia / Via New York / per Packet. / B Free Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8See above, pp. 519–20.

9A type of apple. There are two varieties of Newtown pippins, the green and the yellow. Lewis Morris and Hugh Roberts sent BF bundles of Newtown pippin scions and of three other varieties of apples, sealed in a canister, the following February. L. Morris and H. Roberts, memorandum to BF, Feb. 21, 1767, Hist. Soc. Pa.

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