From Sarah Bache: Two Letters, with a Note from Richard Bache
(I) and (II) ALS: American Philosophical Society
Philadelphia Jan 24th. 1783
Dear & Honoured Sir
Coll Cambray,5 who we shall miss very much, is the bearer of this, he will tell you how all the Family do, I paraded all the Children to day on purpose for him to tell you how they look’d, and if he does not say they are fine and handsome, I know not were he will find his beauties—the news papers that came since Major Franks’ paket6 was made up I now give to Coll Cambray— Miss Beckwith, who is every thing that is Clever is with us, give me leave to thank you for introducing her to us,7 I look upon myself particularly fortunate to have it in my power to make Philad in some measure agreable to her, every effort in Mr B. power and mine shall be exerted to serve her— Mr Bache is not at home, my love to Temple and Beny I am as ever your Dutiful Daughter
Addressed: The Honble. / Dr. Benjamin Franklin / Minister Plenepy. from the United / States of No. America / at / Passy.
Philadelphia Jan. 24. 1783
Dear and Honoured Sir
As soon as we receiv’d Your letter by Miss Beckwith, both Mr Bache and myself waited on her, and requested her to stay with us, till she could be agreeably setled. She more than answers the recommendation given her, and if my fortune was as large as my heart should never leave us, but warm Friends she shall never want while in Philad. I answer for Mr Bache and myself— I wrote you already by this opportunity, but wished to tell you Miss B was with us, she will write to you herself8 we all continue well— I am as ever Your Dutiful Daughter
[In Richard Bache’s hand:] Inclosed is the 4th. Bill of a Sett— three of which are already sent, & I hope some of them got to hand by this time—9
Addressed: Dr. Franklin
5. For the chevalier de Cambray-Digny see XXXVIII, 535.
6. She had entrusted her Jan. 7 letter (XXXVIII, 558–60) to David Franks. For his mission see the annotation of that letter.
7. Sally Beckwith, who had been warmly recommended to BF by William Strahan (XXXVII, 425), wished to establish herself in America as a teacher or milliner. She was in Paris in the summer of 1782, when she met BF, and sailed to Philadelphia in company with William Bell in early October. BF’s letter recommending her to the Baches is missing: XXXVIII, 7, 109–10n.
8. Her letter is below, Jan. 25.
9. The bill was a copy of a Robert Morris draft on Ferdinand Grand for 3,200 l.t., a transfer of money from Christian Schneider to Catharine Höklin. For the first three copies sent see XXXVII, 576–7, 665, 715, and for one that BF had received see XXXVIII, 237.