From Richard Bache
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Philadelphia June 22d. 1781
Dear & Hond: Sir
I did myself the pleasure a few days ago of writing you a long Letter, which I committed to the care of Capt. All—9 also wrote to Temple & Ben—sent you the Indian Spelling Book, & the Dutch & English papers; these last I committed to the care of a Mr. Ray, a young Man that I have recommended to your notice, as he purposes visiting Paris soon after his Arrival in France—1 I now send you another of the Spelling Books, & the Newspapers— Sally by this opportunity gives you a detail of Domestick news, tho’ there is one circumstance, perhaps she may not choose to mention, vizt: that we expect an increase of family sometime in the Fall—2 She & the Children are in good health— As I have the honor sometimes of the Minister’s company at dinner, & as I could wish to pay every attention & respect to those Gentlemen you have done me the honor to introduce to me, & to treat them with some of their own Country produce, I take the Liberty of just droping a hint—a little French Wine would be very acceptable—3 I remain ever My dear & Hond. Sir Your affectionate Son
Addressed: His Excellency / Dr. Benjamin Franklin
9. Probably his letter of June 20, above. Isaac All was in France by Aug. 5, when he wrote BF from L’Orient, below.
1. Cornelius Ray; see Samuel Wharton’s letter of June 13.
2. SB wrote on June 23, below. On Oct. 1, she gave birth to a daughter, Deborah; see RB’s second letter of Oct. 4.
3. BF on Oct. 25, below, requested John Bondfield to send some of his “best Claret” to RB.