Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Deborah Franklin, 8 August 1767

To Deborah Franklin

ALS: Yale University Library

London, Augt. 8. 1767

My dear Child

I wrote you a pretty long Letter a Day or two ago,7 per Capt. Falkener our good Friend. I have nothing to add but that I am well, and purpose some little Excursion shortly to preserve my Health.8 Mr. Hopkinson is now here at our House to take Leave, going to morrow Morning:9 Mrs. Stevenson presents her Compliments to you and Sally, and Miss Stevenson, that is our dear Polly, does the same. My Love to Sally, and all enquiring Friends, I am, Your ever loving Husband

B Franklin

I have written to several Friends per Falkener, dividing my Letters between that Ship and this Packet.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7See above, pp. 224–5.

8This “little Excursion” was a six-weeks’ journey to France with Sir John Pringle; see below, p. 241.

9Francis Hopkinson arrived in Philadelphia on Oct. 23, 1767, aboard the Philadelphia Packet, Capt. Nathaniel Falconer. The former governor, James Hamilton, was a fellow passenger.

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