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To Benjamin Franklin from Barbeu-Dubourg, [c. 10 April 1777]

From Barbeu-Dubourg

ALS: American Philosophical Society

[c. April 10,9 1777.]

Dear Sir

Je partois pour Passy, lorsque ma femme s’est trouvée si mal qu’elle a eté obligée de se mettre au lit. A peine a t’elle deux jours par semaine d’une santé passable; c’est ce qui m’a empeché d’avoir l’honneur de vous voir depuis si longtems. J’attens impatiemment des reponses de Dijon et de Nantes.

Voicy une lettre que je reçois dans le moment, qui etoit tellement cachetée que je n’ai pu en defaire la 1e. envelope sans dechirer la seconde. J’ignore l’adresse de M. Thomson pour la lui faire tenir.1 Je vous prie de vous en charger, ou d’en charger mon domestique a son retour. J’ai l’honneur de vous souhaiter le bonjour, une parfaite santé et de bonnes nouvelles; et de vous reïterer les assurances de mon inviolable devouement

Dubourg

Notation: du bourg

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Two clues to the date are in the first paragraph. One is his wife’s illness: on May 27 he wrote Coder that it had been going on for forty-seven days (APS), and he numbered them, it may be reasonably assumed, from when she took to her bed. The other, which suggests a terminus ad quem, is his awaiting an answer from Dijon, in other words Alexander’s response to the tobacco scheme of Dubourg & Debout: that response was in Alexander’s letter to BF of April 7, and Dubourg could scarcely have learned of it by the 10th. JW also responded from Nantes, but we do not know when; see his letter to BF below, May 7.

1The letter was to Arthur Lee under his alias, for which see the note on BF to Lee above, March 1.

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