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To Benjamin Franklin from Richard Bache, 5 November 1783

From Richard Bache

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia Novr. 5th. 1783.

Dear & Hond. Sir

I have put on board the Washington packet, Captain Barney, by whom this goes, two Barrels of Newton pippins, one Barrel of Chestnuts, a Box of Seeds, and a small Box of Grafts, put up as you directed; the cost of the Box of Seeds is five Guineas, you will herewith receive a Catalogue of them— I should have sent you a Barrel of Hiccory Nuts, could they have been procured, but none have come to Market yet.9 Perhaps another opportunity may present itself soon, either from this place or Newyork when I shall not fail availing myself of it.

Sally has wrote you a long Letter, and given you the history of our little family.1 I need not therefore add on that subject—

You will herewith receive the Newspapers wch will inform you of the unsettled state of our great Folks, who have been resolving & re-resolving for Six Months past on places for their permanent residence,2 and this is almost all that has been done; they have lowered themselves much in the opinions of the people on this side the Atlantic, I wish it may not be the case in Europe—

With the Duty and Affections of the Family, I remain ever Dear sir Your affectionate Son

Rich: Bache

Addressed: Dr. Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9BF requested these items on July 27: XL, 390–1. On Oct. 27, RB recorded BF’s debt to him of £5.8.0 for “Apples & Nuts to send to France”: Penrose R. Hoopes, “Cash Dr to Benjamin Franklin,” PMHB, LXXX (1956), 64.

1Immediately below.

2For Congress’ decision see Boudinot to the American peace commissioners, Oct. 27.

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