History of Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts: Including Lynnfield, Saugus, Swampscot, and Nahant by Alonzo Lewis, James Robinson Newhall, published by J.L. Shorey, 1865
William was living abroad in 1688, as appears by a parental letter superscribed "These for my loveing sonn William Richards Liveing att Philadelphia in pensylvanah or elsewhere present," and sent " ffrom Lin in New England this 12th of June, 1688." The letter urges him to return to Lynn, as his parents are getting old, and much desire his presence. And they want him to make up his mind never to leave the place again; the father agreeing, for his encouragement, to give him half of his place.