Country Gentlewoman, and our Welsh Brother. This brought their Affairs again under Consideration. "I doubt," says she, "we have not done right for Betsey. I don't think a Merchant will do for her. She is much inclin'd to be a fine Gentlewoman; and is indeed already more of the fine Gentlewoman, I think, than any of my other Sisters; and therefore she shall be a Vice Countess."
Thus we chatted on, and she was very entertaining quite to Town.
I have now made my Letter as much too long as it was at first too short. The Bishop would think it too trifling, therefore don't show it him. I am afraid too that you will think it so, and have a good mind not to send it. Only it tells you Kitty is well at School, and for that I let it go. My Love to the whole amiable Family, best Respects to the Bishop, and 1000 Thanks for all your Kindnesses, and for the happy Days I enjoy'd at Twyford. With the greatest Esteem and Respect, I am,
Your most obedient and humble Servant
[Editors' Postscript: Catherine Louisa Shipley died in her eighty-second year--unmarried.]
FRIENDS and acquaintances as well as relations sought Franklin's counsel in their perplexities; and the courses he advised were moderate, just, and wise. In at least one case, however, he was willing to reveal to the anxious inquirer, a distinguished theologian and scientist, only how he might arrive at the decision himself. In its careful weighing of pros and cons the method was typical of Franklin; and typical of him and his age was its assumption of the rationality of men. Yet for all this, Franklin was a warmly appealing human being; no man was ever less a machine; and it would be preposterous