Benjamin Pickman, London, to Mary (Polly) Pickman, 30 May 1775. Pickman Family Papers. Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum. Transcription by Abaigeal Duda.
London 30 May 1775.
My dearest Polly
Cap't Derby is just arrived with the melancholy News of an Engagement --
I am greatly distressed for my Country but can appeal to Heaven for the Uprightness of my Intentions -- If this should meet you in New England, I pray you to stay there unless you should judge it prudent to go elsewhere. --
Cap't Derby tells me you had thought of going to Hallifax -- I intend to embark for Hallifax by teh first Vessel -- If I can not find you there I will proceed to Salem.
I pray God Almighty to protect you my dear Children & my Mother -- the next Time I join you I will never more part till Death shall translate one of us to happier Climes
Adieu my dearest Polly--
I am most lov'g dev't Husband