Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Benjamin Franklin Bache, 20 June 1783

From Benjamin Franklin Bache

ALS: American Philosophical Society6

Geneva June 20th 1783

My dear grand Papa

I write you to informe you that I reciev’d the books you mentioned in your letter of the 7th of June7 I have obtain’d another prize the same as my last but one rank more advanc’d8 I told you in my last letter that I was well,9 but I had the fever again and Mr Marignac went with me into the country for few holidays upon my arrival in Town the Fever left me but not being well I still take physic for that excuse my dear grand Papa the schortness of my letter and Beleive me for ever Your most obidien and Dutiful son

B. Franklin Bache

I am a Scolar of the 1st classe

Mr and Mrs Marignac present you their respects as well as Johonnot who incloses a Word or two.1 My compliments to my Cousin

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin ministre / Plenipotentiaire des etats unis / de L’Amerique aupres de sa majèsté / tres chretiènne / a Passy près Paris

Notation: B. F. B. to Dr. Franklin Geneva, June 20 — ’83

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Castle-Bache Collection, available on microfilm.

7The word is unmistakable; either a June 7 letter is missing, or BFB intended to write “Jany.” On Jan. 7 BF wrote to BFB that he had sent a parcel of books. Ever since, BFB had been reporting that the parcel had not yet arrived: XXXVIII, 557; XXXIX, 101, 206, 410.

8For BFB’s last prize see XXXVIII, 533, 557.

9BFB must have written a now-missing letter after May 30, when he reported himself “not being yet very well.” According to BF’s reply of June 23, that letter also enclosed a drawing.


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