Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Richard Bache, 15 July 1773

To Richard Bache

ALS (letterbook draft): Library of Congress

London, July 15. 1773

Dear Son,

I have now before me yours of April 6, and 29, May 21. and June 1. I rejoice with you in the first place on the good News contain’d in your last, that Sally is safely delivered of another Son.1 I hope he will prove a Blessing to you both.

I wish your new Shop Business to prove profitable, and do not doubt it if the Shop is closely attended. Will not the Brokerage Business draw you too much from it?2

I have sent a Case by Capt. All. My Man by Mistake mark’t it EF instead of DF. In mine to your Mother3 there is an Account of the Contents and how they are to be dispos’d of, which I recommend to your Care. I send also a Roll of Silk under the Captain’s own Care.

I am pleas’d with Ben’s Readiness to accomodate his new Brother. My Love to them and Sally. I wrote to your Preston Mother, and forwarded your Letter immediately.

I was not able to get ready to go with Capt. All as I wished.4 But I think now of going in the September Packet. I am, Your affectionate Father

B Franklin

Mr Bache
Per Capt. Osborne

1William Bache (D.3.2.), BF’s second legitimate grandchild, had been born on May 31. See above, I, lxiii.

2Richard had decided to open a shop for groceries and wine: to BF above, April 6. The disappearance of the three other letters from him to which BF refers leaves us without a clue to the brokerage business.

3The following document.

4See BF to WF above, July 14.

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