Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Deborah Franklin, 30 June 1772

From Deborah Franklin

ALS: American Philosophical Society

June the 30 [1772]

My Dear child

I reseved by the packit which was to a cume by Capt. Laxly I am verey glad to hear that you continew well. I hope your friend Dr. Small is Safe a rived and is well5 my compleymantes to all that I am obliged to love and respeckt. You may see what blunders by the scratchin oute that I am not capabel of writin so I shall only say that I find my selef growing verey febel verey faste. I leve Mr. Beach and Salley to write as I am verey unfitt to due. I have nothing that is good only that I have but verey littel of the head ake nor of the pain that I was so much aflickted for which I am verey thank full to god.

Mr. Sumain is dead our good old friend Even Evens mr. Gordon you know mr. Bembridg father Polley Pitts6 and Gorge7 is a widdower and a dredfull Creyer but is a looking [better a?]gen but shante marry verey soon.

This morning wold aforded you much pleshuer with my king bird he wente in to the water and as soon as he eate his brakefaste he sed he wold go to School and then cume home and play. A littel garle a Schoolmaite ses that Ben Beach is the Commadore over the Maddam but I Supose you will be informd by Salley I am your afeckshonet wife

D Franklin

Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin Esqr.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5For Capt. Loxley, and Alexander Small’s visit to DF earlier in the year, see her letter above, May 14–16.

6For Samuel Soumaine’s illness see ibid. Evan Evans of Norrington had died in the spring; the notice to the executors of his estate in the Pa. Gaz., June 18, 25, makes clear that he had been in far from affluent circumstances, but we have discovered nothing else about him. For Thomas Gordon, a Scots merchant and the stepfather of Henry Benbridge, see above, XVI, 38–9; he had died on June 14: Edward L. Clark, A Record of the Inscriptions … in the Burial Ground of Christ Church, Philadelphia (Philadelphia, 1864), p. 500. Mary Pitts had died on June 30; she and BF had been involved for years in a complicated matter of a mortgage: above, XIV, 191 n.

7George was a slave, or ex-slave, who was DF’s servant (above, XII, 45 n); we know nothing about the wife he had lost.

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