Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Deborah Franklin, 17 August 1771

To Deborah Franklin

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London, Aug. 17. 1771

My dear Child,

I wrote to you some time since to go by Capt. Falconer, but he is still here. I have since written to you per Packet. And now write this Line to let you know I continue pretty well, but find more Exercise necessary to preserve my Health, and therefore am about to make the Tour of Ireland with my old Friend Mr. Jackson,1 purposing to return thro’ Scotland, and to be in London [once?] again, God willing, before the Parliament meets, that is, in about Six Weeks.

I have received your kind Letters of June the 29th. and July 6. I would not have you send me the Receipts for the Money you pay, as they can be of no Use here, and may possibly be lost. But it would be agreable to me to see from time to time an Account of the considerable Sums.2

I am glad the little Fellow continues well, and that Sally is so careful to be with him out of Town during the Hot Weather. I consider her as nursing him for me, and shall pay her handsomely for her Trouble when I return.

I receiv’d the enclos’d Letters lately from our Relations by Marriage still remaining at Birmingham. Mr. Tyler who is mention’d in them brought them to me. He has concluded to go over and settle in Philadelphia, and I have given him a Letter of Introduction to you.3

I have been three Weeks at my Friend the Bishop’s,4 and he has made me promise to spend the Christmas Holidays with him; which I shall do if I live and am well. My Love to all enquiring Friends, from Your affectionate Husband

B Franklin

Addressed: To / Mrs Franklin / at / Philadelphia / per favour of / Mr Foxcroft.

1See BF to DF above, Aug. 14.

2The disappearance of DF’s two letters is particularly unfortunate, because in one or both she appears to have responded to BF’s strictures on her extravagance in his letter above, May 1.

3For DF’s many relatives in Birmingham and elsewhere see above, VIII, 138–46. The Tyler, or Tiler, children are not named there; the one who brought the letters to BF was John, who spelled the name Tyler. He won BF’s approval, moved to Philadelphia, became an iron-manufacturer, and supplied arms to American troops during the War of Independence. See BF to DF below, Jan. 28, 1772; Tyler to BF, June 6, 1787 (APS); Smyth, Writings, IX, 549.

4See BF to DF above, Aug. 14.

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