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    Benjamin Franklin Autographed Letter Signed to His Wife, Written from London Shortly Before the Beginning of the Revolutionary War. Franklin, Benjamin. Signer of the Declaration of Independence, statesman, inventor, printer. The concluding portion of an Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page measuring 3.75" x 7.375" oblong, written from London circa 1774, to his wife Deborah; it contains about 6 1/2 lines and over 60 words in Franklin's hand, written to his wife at home in Philadelphia while he was living in England. The letter reads: "We daily expect vessels from Philadelphia, which will bring me, I hope, good News from you, and a little more of the History of our Grand Sons, of whom I long to hear, & whom I long to see, as well as to be once more with you by our own Fireside. I am Ever, my dear Debby, Your affectionate Husband B. Franklin Love to all the Baches." By "the Baches" her refers to his daughter Sarah, her husband Richard Bache and their family, probably the grandsons he wishes news of. This was written less than a year before Franklin returned to Philadelphia after spending most of the years from 1757-1775 in England. Earlier, at the time of a return home in 1762, Franklin had thoughts of moving permanently to England; but later he began to think differently, less favorably, of it. Over the years he had various formal assignments there, but he also tried to facilitate the increasingly divergent American and British viewpoints. Early in 1774 an episode occurred which almost forced Franklin to leave England: his involvement in the publication of confidential letters from Gov. Thomas Hutchinson of Massachusetts to the British government. He weathered that storm but by early 1775 a war seemed likely, and reconciliation so unlikely, that Franklin returned home. Fine condition. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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