From Anna Maria Shipley
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Wimbledon Park April 7 1779
I cannot resist the inclination I have to assure you how interest’d we alwaies must feel about a friend whom we have so much loved & esteem’d & whom we now so much admire— It gave us great uneasiness to hear you had the Gout but we hope it will secure you a long long series of health hereafter.
The Genel: Verdiery who breakfast’d with us this Morng. told me he could deliver a letter to you in a few days—6 it was a temptation I could not resist & I had the less scruple in writing as we please ourselves in thinking you will not be sorry to hear of a family you have so often made happy by yr friendship—had my Sister Georgiana been here I should not have been alow’d this indulgence— I am sorry to say she is confine’d in Town with an Inflamation in her Eyes my Mother is with her, & well so is my Father who is here with us Lord Spencer is so good to lend us Wimbledon for the holidays he is in Northamptonshire or I am sure would desire me to express his esteem & regard for you.7
Addressed: Benjn Franklin Esqre
Endorsed: Anna Maria Shipley
Notation: M Digges / D
6. Possibly Charles Verdière d’Hem (c. 1729–94), lieutenant general, a prisoner on parole who was exchanged the following November. Lewis, Walpole Correspondence, VII, 190.
7. John, first Earl Spencer (XIX, 275n), who had a country seat at Althorp, Northamptonshire, and an estate at Wimbledon: DNB, under his son, George John Spencer.