Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Mary Bache, 14 June 1772

From Mary Bache

ALS: American Philosophical Society

preston June 14 [1772]

Dear Brother

Oh with what joy, and pleasure [did] I receive your wellcome letter, with the acoun[t of the] Safe arival of our Dear Son,8 which he will [torn] his Dear family, to think of his, and Dear Sally [torn] Makes me quit So. I have been very uneas[y for this?] Month past, and this last week I was quit[e so; not?] hearing any thing of him of So long a time, I fear[ed a?] Missfortune had befallen him, but thank God it is otherwise. I hope I shall have the pleasure of a letter from him soon, or from my Dear Daughter, which will be Equaly the same to Me, so that I hear they are all well and happy. I wonder what our Dear little Grandson wou’d say to his pappa after so long an absance.9 I do suppose he could Not know him, little fellow if he did how he wou’d rejoyce. I pray god bless them all togather. I heartyly wish you a pleasant Journey, and hope you wont disapoint us, but let us have the happyness of your agreeable Company for Sume time, ware [where] we will do our best indavour to amuse you, and I have a good bed at your Sarvis, and a hearty wellcome to our poor climate [?] the prospects are now delightfull, and I hope you will injoy them.1 From Dear Brother Your affectionate Sister and humble Servant

Mary Bache

Addressed: To / Benjamen Franklin Esqr: craven Street Strand / London

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Richard Bache had sailed for home on or about Feb. 18, and did not reach New York until April 24. BF to DF above, Feb. 18.

9Benjamin Franklin Bache, by the time his father returned, was just over two and a half.

1BF had obviously written her that he was planning a trip to the north. He and Pringle were at Leeds by the end of the month; see Priestley to BF above, June 13.

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