Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to William Franklin, 2 February 1774

To William Franklin

ALS: British Museum

London, Feb. 2. 1774

Dear Son,

This Line is just to acquaint you that I am well, and that my Office of Deputy-Postmaster is taken from me. As there is no Prospect of your being ever promoted to a better Government, and That you hold has never defray’d its Expences, I wish you were well settled in your Farm. ’Tis an honester and a more honourable because a more independent Employment. You will hear from others the Treatment I have receiv’d. I leave you to your own Reflections and Determinations upon it, and remain ever, Your affectionate Father

B Franklin

W. Franklin

Addressed: To / His Excelly. William Franklin, / Governr of New Jersey / Burlington / viâ N York / per Packet.

Endorsed?: B.F. to W.F. / Feby. 2d. 1774.

Notation: Letter from Dr. Franklin to Govr. Franklin Feb. 2, 1774  Mentioning: his Office be taken away  Intimating a Wish that the Govr. would resign his.

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