pass'd and since; and so did your Lieutenant Governor to my certain Knowledge, tho' the Mob have pulled down his House. Surely the N. England People, when they are rightly inform'd, will do Justice to those Gentlemen, and think of them as they deserve.
Pray remember me kindly to Cousin Williams, and let him know that I am very sensible of his Kindness to you, and that I am not forgetful of any thing that may concern his Interest or his Pleasure, tho' I have not yet wrote to him.--I shall endeavour to make that Omission up to him as soon as possible.
I sent you some things by your Friend Capt. Freeman, which I shall be glad to hear came safe to hand, and that they were acceptable from
Your affectionate Brother
My Love to your
P.S. I congratulate you & my Countrymen on the Repeal of the Stamp Act. I send you a few of the Cards on which I wrote my messages during the Time it was debated here whether it might not be proper to reduce the Colonies to Obedience by Force of Arms:--The Moral is, that the Colonies may be ruined, but that Britain would thereby be maimed.
[Printed first in Duane, Letters to Benjamin Franklin, pp. 29-31, and here printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. Peter Franklin had died July 1 of that year. The Examination of Doctor Benjamin Franklin, before the House of Commons in February 1766, had been promptly reprinted in Boston, as elsewhere in America, and his sister had read it. The "vile Pretended Leter" was possibly An Essay, Towards discovering the Authors and Promoters of the memorable Stamp Act, In a Letter from a Gentleman in London, to his friend in Philadelphia, which had appeared anonymously in the Pennsylvania Journal, Supplement, September 18, 1766, at Philadelphia, and accused Franklin of supporting the Act. The "six good Honist old Souls" were evidently members of the General Court (Assembly) of Massachusetts