Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Deborah Franklin, 19 November 1772

To Deborah Franklin

ALS (letterbook draft): American Philosophical Society

London, Nov. 19. 1772

My dear Child,

I had no Line from you per last Packet, but hope to receive Letters of yours per Capt. All when he arrives. Thanks to God I am at present in very good Health and Spirits; which however I must not flatter myself will continue much longer, as the Course of Nature usually brings on with Age many Infirmities. As this Ship goes in a hazardous Season, I do not send Miss Haydock’s Silk by her, especially as being for Summer Wear it will be in time by the Spring Ships.6 Nor do I write now any other Letters but one to Mr. Foxcroft. My Love to Mr. Bache, Sally and the Boy. Ever yours I am affectionately

B Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6He had had recent experience of the hazardous season: a gift that he had sent to DF the previous autumn had not reached her until the following April; see BF to DF above, Jan. 28. For the silk see BF’s correspondence with Rebecca Haydock above, Feb. 5 and July 20; BF to DF, Nov. 4.

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