Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Hawkesworth, 8 November 1769

From John Hawkesworth8

ALS: Haverford College Library

Bromley Kent Wed: night 8 Novr 1769.

Dear Sir

These few Lines comes hopping that you may not forget your promise of putting me in the way of getting a pensylvanian Stove time enough to enjoy the benefit of it this Winter: have you spoken to the Man to whose Eyes you addressed a proof that could not reach his Understanding? Will you fix a time for him to come hither, and will you fix such a time as will be convenient for you to meet him?9 Perhaps he may make some part of the Machine before he comes, and so save time, which is very valueable, for time is Life. A few Lines would have come hopping on this Subject before, but I was unwilling to solicit the favour of your Company here while Miss Dolly1 was absent; she is probably with you now, if so remember me most affectionately to her, and consult her upon the Expedition, perhaps you and she may come together. I have just received a Line from the Virgin Mary,2 and I dine with her at Kensington on Fryday; I hope there will be no Jealousy in Heaven for my wife will be of the Party.

My kindest respects attend Mrs. Stevensone. I am Dear Sir Affectionately and faithfully Yours

Jno Hawkesworth

Addressed: To / Dr. Franklyn / at Mrs. Stevenson’s / Craven Street / Charing Cross,

Endorsed: Hawkesworth

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8The author and schoolmaster, for whom see above, IX, 265 n.

9BF had demonstrated to a stove-maker, we conjecture, that a Franklin stove would work, and had persuaded the man to build one without understanding its principles.

1Dorothea Blunt, Polly Stevenson’s friend.

2Polly Stevenson was soon to escape from her nickname by marrying William Hewson.

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