To Lord and Lady Bathurst4
AL: Dartmouth College Library
[Before February 13, 1768]5
Dr. Franklin presents his respectful Compliments to Lord Bathurst, with some American Nuts; and to Lady Bathurst, with some American Apples; which he prays they would accept, as a Tribute from that Country, small indeed, but voluntary.
4. An elderly and distinguished pair. Allen Bathurst, first Earl Bathurst (1684–1775), had been one of the twelve men raised to the peerage by Queen Anne to pack the House of Lords in 1712; he was a friend or admirer of wits and poets-Pope and Swift, Congreve and Prior, and later Laurence Sterne. Catherine Apsley Bathurst, daughter of Sir Peter Apsley and cousin to her husband, married him in 1704 and died, four months after receiving BF’s gift, on June 8, 1768, at the age of seventy-nine. DNB.
5. See the following document. Two undated invitations for dinner from Lord Bathurst in the APS may be related to BF’s gift.