Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Mary Parker, 6 October 1770

From Mary Parker

ALS: American Philosophical Society

N York October 6th 1770

Since writing the foregoing3 My Daughter is returned from Philadelphia without the Comptrollers Books: Mr. Foxcroft Intends to bring them himself; when he does shall Answer yours as particularly as I can. I received yours with a protested bill of Mr. Vernon. Your Letter and bill I (by the Next post) sent to Mr. Foxcroft; who I suppose (and make no Doubt) will do what is needful therein. When my Daughter left Philadelphia Mrs. Franklin and Mrs. Bache were very well. So is the Governor and his Lady; he is now at Amboy to Meet the Assembly.

As Soon as Mr. Foxcroft returns my Books Shall Draw out and Send you a General Account of the Post Office Affairs, also an Account of the Different Post Masters in as particular a Manner as I am able from the books; with your own Account as it Stands in Mr. Parkers books.

Inclosed is a Small Account Due me, shall take it as a favour youl git Some one to receive for me.4 After my best wishes and prayers for your health and Happiness, give me leave to Subscribe myself with Gratitude your Most faithful and Obliged Humble Servant

Mary Parker

Benjamin Franklin Esqr.

Addressed: Benjn. Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3The wording strongly suggests that this is the postscript of a letter, which to judge by the subject matter alone would seem to have been that above, Aug. 12. But did Mrs Parker wait for almost two months before sending off to BF what she had then written about her husband’s last illness? Our guess is that she did not—that she wrote again to explain the delay in settling the accounts, and that all but the postscript of her letter has been lost.

4The people and financial matters referred to are discussed in BF’s correspondence earlier in the year with James Parker, and in his wife’s letter above of Aug. 12. The postal account she enclosed, which is not extant, probably had to do with the balance of her husband’s salary as comptroller.

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