Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Mary Stevenson, 15 May 1767

From Mary Stevenson

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Bromley May 15. 17675

Dear Sir

I received a letter from Kensington to day by which I learn that my aunt will not come to Bromley to fetch me, therefore I must go home by way of Craven Street next monday. Now if it will be convenient to you to come hither on sunday or monday you will give a great deal of pleasure to several persons by doing it and I shall have a more agreeable journey to town than in the Stage. Be so good as to write me a line tomorrow to inform me whether I may depend upon you. I write this in Miss Blunt’s room, upon her paper, and she particularly desires to be remember’d to you. All the family honour you and wish to see you. My hostess does the same.

You must excuse all the faults in this letter, for I cannot see to mend them, and when I can it will be too late. Give my duty to my mother, and love to Sally. I am Dear Sir Your faithful Servant

M Stevenson

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Polly Stevenson, who lived with two aunts in Kensington, appears to have been visiting in Bromley Dr. and Mrs. John Hawkesworth and the Blunt sisters, Dorothea (Dolly) and Catherine (Kitty), who made their home with the Hawkesworths. Dolly Blunt, mentioned in this letter, appears to have been Polly’s closest friend. Polly was writing on a Friday.

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