Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to William Temple Franklin, 27 August 1776

To William Temple Franklin

ALS: Haverford College Library

Philada Augt. 27. 1776

Dear Grandson

Your Letter acquainting us with your safe Arrival was very agreable to us all.5 But as you are near the Scene of Action, we wish to hear from you by every Post, and to have all the News. It will cost you but little Trouble to write, and will give us much Satisfaction.

This Family has been in great Grief, from the Loss of our dear little Girl. She suffer’d much: but is now at Rest. Will is to come home to-morrow; he will help to comfort us.6

Give my Love to your Mother, and let me know what you hear from your Father. I am, Your affectionate Grand Father

B Franklin

Say how you spend your time; I hope in some Improvement.

Addressed: Mr W. T. Franklin / at Mrs Franklin’s / P. Amboy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5The letter above of Aug. 17, 1776, announcing his arrival at Perth Amboy.

6For the death of the baby, Sarah, and her brother’s stay with the Duffields see the note on the letter just cited.

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