Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Coombe, 22 August 1772

To Thomas Coombe7

ALS (letterbook draft): American Philosophical Society

London, Augt. 22. 1772

Dear Friend,

I rejoiced to hear of your safe Arrival and happy Meeting with your Friends. I hope every other Circumstance there will prove agreable [to?] you, if you chuse to continue at Philadelphia. [The?] Letter you intended me by Loxley8 did not come, so I shall expect that Pleasure. Things remain here much in the State you left them. Mrs. Stevenson, Mr. and Mrs. Hewson, Miss Dolly Blunt and Sally, continue to respect and Love y[ou as] does no less Your affectionate Friend and [Servant]

B Franklin

Revd Mr Coombe

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7The young Philadelphia clergyman who had become an habitué of Craven Street, and had officiated at Polly Stevenson’s marriage; for his return to America see BF to WF above, Feb. 3.

8The Carolina, Capt. Benjamin Loxley, had cleared Philadelphia in early June and reached London in late July: Pa. Gaz., June 4; Lloyd’s Evening Post, July 20–22.

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