Benjamin Pickman, London, to Mary (Polly) Pickman, 24 December 1779. Benjamin Pickman Papers. Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum. Transcription by Abaigeal Duda.

London 24th Dec’r 1779

My dearest Polly,

I was extremely glad to find by a Letter from Dolly that you were all very well in October. I have not received a Letter from you for above two years; I should be rejoiced to have a Letter from you.

I never omit any Opportunity of writing to you. I still remain in perfect Health and find Friends in every Part of England where I go. I hear Mr. Carpenter is at Bristol. I intend to find this by him. I most sincerely wish you Health and Happiness, and that the Time may soon arrive when we shall meet in that Safety we did before the Commencement of the American War. I am my dearest Polly, with the most unfeigned Love and Esteem for you.

Y’r affec’t Husband
Benj’a Pickman