Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Henry Walker, 1 April 1768

From Henry Walker5

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Westbury April 1st. 1768

Most Honoured Sir

I Humbly beg the Favour to Except these few Lines hoping you and your good Family in America are all in good health as my Cousin Morris6 and we all are at Present and my Mother7 is in hopes that some of Mr. Franklins Children in Boston are Boys as your Name may not be Quite Extinct8 my Cusin and Father and Mother and Brothers Humbly beg the acceptance of our Humble Duties to your self and good Family in America from your most Humble and most obedient Servant

Henry Walker

PS Honoured Sir Please to do me the Favour to give the Inclosed to Mrs. Stevenson.

Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin Esqr. / at Mrs Stevensons / Craven Street Strand / London

Endorsed: Henry Walker

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Henry Walker (A., BF’s first cousin twice removed. See above, VIII, 237–9.

6Eleanor Morris (A.

7Hannah Farrow Walker (A.; see above, XI, 524 n.

8The hopes were belied. Only John Franklin (C.8) remained in Boston, and his son died without issue; none of BF’s other brothers had sons to carry on the name.

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