Father promises to care for Samuel Rhoades’ daughter as she prepares to move to NY to marry his son


Date Written

Dec. 20, 1763

History Referenced

Thomas Franklin, Sr was 60 years old when this was written.
The recipient, Samuel Rhoades, was 52 when it was received.

Thomas Franklin, Sr died 10 years, 5 days after writing this.
It was written 259 years, 9 months, 13 days ago.
It was a Tuesday.

New York 12 m. 20th 1763

Samuel Rhoades & wife

Dear Friends, as our son Thomas has for some time past acquainted us of his love and good esteem for your daughter Mary, and we conceiving a good opinion of her & family, was well pleased with his choice, but hearing it was a strait with you to part with her to come to this place, we could sympathize with you in the affair, so were silent in the case on that account. However, he had informed us you had left her to her liberty, and she has turned the scale for coming. We desire it may be made easy to you and hope we shall always have a parental care for her and conclude you are sensible there is that attractive power of love in all hearts that can make one in the best part if adhered to, if this should be the happy case, then it will be a great comfort to us all. Tho we have thus far expressed our minds we know not what may happen between the cup and the lip as the saying is, but shall contentedly submit all to that Great Director of all good, and subscribe with love unfeigned to you and to your dear daughter Mary in particular.

Thomas Franklin
Mary Franklin

To: Samuel Rhoades
Att: Philadelphia

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