[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society.]
Philada Oct. 1. 1785
I received your kind Letter. I should be happy to see you here, but cannot think of allowing you take such a Journey for that purpose, as I hope in the Spring to be able to visit Boston.
I am sorry you did not receive the whole of Vernon's Bill; but we must think it well that you got anything, since the Son drew on the Father without Permission; and the Letter I formerly receiv'd from the Father, requested only of me to give the Son Advice, and said nothing of lending him Money. I did both. But I am afraid I disoblig'd the Son more by the Advice, than I oblig'd by the Money: tho' at the Time he was in great Need of both. And the Father hardly thinks himself oblig'd to me for either.
My Love to Cousin Williams, to our Friend Mrs Greene, and to your Children; and believe me ever,
Your affectionate Brother
All here send their Love.
[Printed first, and hitherto only, in Duane, Letters to Benjamin Frank-
lin, pp. 133-134; and here printed from the manuscript in the Ameri-
can Philosophical Society. Franklin had on his return to Philadelphia at
once been nominated for a seat in the Supreme Executive Council of
Pennsylvania, and his sister had heard of the nomination though the
election was not to be held till October 11. On that day he was elected
to the Council and he was elected President on the 18th. The two
grandsons who had accompanied him home were William Temple
Franklin and Benjamin Franklin Bache.]
Boston Octr 1-1785
I cant Expres to you How much Joy I feal at knowing you are at home & so much more at Ease than I expected in Regard