Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Deborah Franklin, 2 June 1773

To Deborah Franklin

ALS: Yale University Library

London, June 2. 1773.

My dear Child,

I received yours per Capt. All.4 This is just to let you know I am well, as all our other Friends here are: I have been so hindred to day, that I can only add my Love to our Children, and that I am ever, Dear Debby, Your affectionate Husband

B Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The letter was DF’s of April 28, now lost, which BF mentioned in writing her on July 15. Capt. All in the Richard Penn cleared from Philadelphia in early May: Pa. Gaz., May 5, 1773. He did not reach London, however, until mid-June: Lloyd’s Evening Post, June 14–16, 1773. BF’s acknowledging on June 2 a letter sent by a ship that arrived almost two weeks later is an obvious impossibility; either he dropped a digit from the date, or the Richard Penn put the mail ashore at a Channel port and then made slow progress to London.

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