Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Sir Alexander Dick, 11 January 1772

To Sir Alexander Dick5

ALS: New York Public Library

London, Jan. 11. 1772

Dear Sir,

My last Expedition6 convinc’d me that I grow too old for Rambling, and that ’twas probable I should never make such another Journey. ’Tis an uncomfortable Thing, the Parting with Friends one hardly expects ever again to see. This, with some occasional Hindrances, prevented my calling at Preston Fields after my Return from Glasgow: But my Heart was with you and your dear Family, and my best Wishes attended you all. Sir John Pringle rejoic’d with me on the Account I gave him of the Recovery of your Health, which I pray God may long continue. Pray present my respectful Compliments to Lady Dick, and to Miss Dick.7 Many happy New Years to you and all yours. I am, with the sincerest Esteem, Dear Friend, Yours most affectionately

B Franklin

Sir Alexr Dick, Bart.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5BF’s old friend, the president of the Edinburgh College of Physicians. For him, Lady Dick, and their home that BF mentions at Prestonfield House see above, VIII, 440 n.

6His tour of Ireland and Scotland, which had ended some weeks before.

7Probably the eldest daughter, Janet (1749–1806); see Margaret A. Forbes, Curiosities of a Scots Charta Chest … (Edinburgh, 1897), p. 185; Scots Mag., LXVIII (1806), 488.

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