From William Bean9
ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
[Coverley’s Fields, opposite the Cock and Hoop; March 24, 1768. He called on Franklin on March 16 and found him engaged, and asks to know whether “there is Any Encouragement for Me in the Colonies.”]
9. In her letter to BF above, Jan. 21–22, 1768, DF had remarked that “the Beens is at New York.” If this cryptic reference is to people rather than the vegetable, it might mean that William Bean and his wife were sailing for England, where he clearly hoped to improve his prospects in America. We have been unable, however, to find any other mention of him.