Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to the Duchesse de Deux-Ponts, [after 26 June 1779]

To the Duchesse de Deux-Ponts

AL (draft): University of Pennsylvania Library

[after June 26, 1779]1

I received my dear Friend’s kind Present of the Scissors, which are exactly what I wanted, & besides their Usefulness to me have a great additional Value by the Hand from which they came. It is true that I can now neither walk abroad nor write at home without having something that may remind me of your Goodness towards me; you might have added, that I can neither play at Chess nor drink Tea without the same Sensation: but these had slipt your Memory. There are People who forget the Benefits they receive, Made [Madame] de Forbach only those she bestows.— But the Impression you have made on my Mind as one of the best, wisest & most amiable2 Women I ever met with, renders every other means to make me think of you unnecessary.—3 My best Wishes will attend you to Germany, & wherever else you may happen to be, being with the sincerest Esteem & Respect, (will you permit me to add Affection) Your most obliged & obedient humble Servant.

Notation: Franklin rough copy of letter to Mme. de Forbach

1In answer to her letter of that date.

2BF inserted “& most amiable” above the line.

3Here BF wrote and then deleted, “That Impression will remain as long as the Heart in which it is stamped.”

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