Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Mary Rich, [June–August 1767]

From Mary Rich3

AL: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Grosvenor Square Monday [June-August 1767?4]

Miss Rich is very unwilling to trouble Mr. Franklin again about the Glass Instrument, well knowing that every moment of his time is employ’d in things of much greater Consequence; but not having been well lately, She is apprehensive She May be sent suddenly to the Bath, and cannot help wishing to recieve from Him some Little Idea of the practice of it before she goes. She has just heard that Miss Davies has been performing at Roupells5 with great Applause.

Addressed: To / Doctor Franklin / in Craven Street / in the / Strand

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Above, XIII, 548 n.

4Tentatively so dated because of the reference in the letter to Miss Marianne Davies, the leading professional performer on the armonica (above, X, 118–20), who, according to DNB, was performing in London from June through Aug. 14, 1767, “at the auction rooms, Pall Mall, and the Swan and Hoop, Cornhill.” The mention of how busy BF was would fit these months of 1767 as well as several other periods during his second mission to England.

5Not identified.

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