Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Deborah Franklin, 18 February 1772

To Deborah Franklin

ALS: Franklin Library, Franklin, Massachusetts

London, Feb 18. [1772]

My dear Child,

You will receive this Line, I hope soon by our Son Bache. I wish you Joy beforehand of his Return, to live with his Family in Philadelphia.2

Supposing it would be agreable to you, as well as advantageous to our Interest in the collecting of our Debts, I have joined him in a Power of Attorney with you, for that purpose.3

Mr. Bache will tell you all about my Health. I wrote fully to you by Capt. Falconer, and therefore now only add my Love to our Children and Friends, and that I am ever Your affectionate Husband

B Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Richard Bache sailed in the London, Capt. Chambers, which after a two-month voyage arrived in New York on April 24; Bache reached Philadelphia at the end of the month. Lloyd’s Evening Post, Feb. 17–19; N.-Y. Gaz. and the Weekly Mercury, April 27; Pa. Gaz., May 7, 1772.

3See the preceding document.

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