Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Deborah Franklin, 3 June 1769

To Deborah Franklin

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London, June 3. 1769

My dear Child,

Capt. Jefferies has so long talk’d of sailing, that People began to think he would never sail;6 and now I am just told that he goes this Evening, so can only say that I am well, and that having receiv’d Sally’s Letter by Capt. Falkner, I rejoice to hear you so soon got over your late Indisposition, but am impatient for the next Packet which I hope will bring me that good News under your own hand. My Love to Sally and thank her for the Seeds. I shall write to her and you by the Packet that goes next Wednesday, and to all my other Friends. I am Your ever loving Husband

B Franklin

Mrs. Stevenson sends her Love talks of going with Falkner to make you a Visit. Mr. Foxcroft is arriv’d.7

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Capt. James Jeffries was master of the snow Britannia. He arrived in Philadelphia early in September; see Pa. Chron., Sept. 4–11.

7Foxcroft and Sally’s letter had both come on the Pennsylvania Packet, Capt. Nathaniel Falconer, which had arrived a few days before BF wrote. See James Parker to BF below, July 22.

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