The James S. and Frances M. Bradford Collection contains a wealth of letters to and from Polly Stevenson Hewson, intimate friend of Benjamin Franklin. At the heart of the collection are approximately 40 letters from Mary Stevenson to Franklin with a smaller number in return. Friendly, increasingly intimate, these provide a glimpse of the domestic life of Franklin and his warm personal relations with the Stevensons and Hewsons. Among the noteworthy individual items is the manuscript "Craven Street Gazette" (Sept. 22-26, 1770), the mock newspaper Franklin produced while in London. The collection also contains a series of unrelated miscellaneous manuscripts that includes correspondence from William Bradford, Patrick Henry, and George Washington.
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American Revolution | Bradford, Frances Mary | Bradford, James S. | Cadwalader, John, 1742-1786 | Colonial Politics | Craven Street Gazette | Family Correspondence | Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 | General Correspondence | Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 18th century | International Affairs | Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834 | Marriage and Family Life | Social Life and Custom