To Deborah Franklin
ALS: American Philosophical Society
London, Dec. 24. 1767.
My dear Child,
I wrote you largely by this Packet,1 but omitted mentioning two Things I want you to send me per first Ships, for two of my Friends here. One is, Miller’s German Newspapers2 for two or three Months back; and to be continued. The other a Lump of that Sort of Stone we make Steps and Cheeks3 of Cellar doors of, at Philadelphia. Your Care in these Particulars will greatly oblige Your ever loving Husband
1. No “large” December letter from BF to DF has been found.
2. Henry (Henrich) Miller published Der Wöchenliche Philadelphische Staatsbote; for whom BF was procuring his paper is not known.
3. Either of the side pieces or uprights of a door, gate, or window frame. Precisely what kind of stone Philadelphians used to produce them is not clear.
4. Most of the signature is lost because of a tear in the paper. The surviving parts of some letters indicate that a postscript is also lost.