Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Deborah Franklin (II), 3 July 1767

To Deborah Franklin (II)

ALS: Yale University Library

London, July 3. 1767.

My dear Child,

My Friend Mr. Neave2 calling to acquaint me of his going, I write this Line to let you know that I am well at present, tho’ I have been all last Week so ill with the general Cold and Fever which everybody has had, that I could not hold a Pen, or I should have written fully by him to you and all my Friends as I intended. But the Packet goes next Week by which I purpose answering the Number of Letters I have lately received by Falkner, Friend, and the Pacquet.3 My Love to Sally and all enquiring Friends. I am Your ever loving Husband

B Franklin

I recommend Mr. Neave to your Civilities.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Samuel Neave, a prominent Philadelphia merchant who had come to England in 1765 to visit relatives; see above, XII, 136 n.

3On October 13 DF wrote mentioning this expressed intention but saying that the July packet had arrived carrying no letters from him to her or anyone else; below, p. 279. In this sentence BF is referring to letters received by the ships of Capt. Nathaniel Falconer and Capt. James Friend, and by the packets.

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