To Richard and Sarah Bache
ALS: New York Public Library; AL (draft): Library of Congress
Passy, March 31. 1778
Dear Son and Daughter
His Excellency, M. Gerard, who does me the Honour to take Charge of this Letter, goes Minister from this Court to the Congress.6 He is a Friend to your Country and to your Father, which gives him a double Claim to your Civilities, and to every Kindness in your Power to show him. It is so long since I have heard from you, and there have been such Burnings and Devastations made by the Enemy, that I know not whether, even if Philadelphia is recover’d, you have a House left to entertain him in. But I know you will do all the little in your Power to serve and oblige a Person who has and deserves your Father’s highest Esteem and Affection.7
Benny continues well, and minds his Learning. Temple presents his Duty. I hope soon to hear from you, and that you and yours are all as well and as hearty as Your affectionate Father
Mr & Mrs Bache
6. He had received his instructions two days before as the first French envoy to the U.S.: Meng, Despatches of Gérard, pp. 125–30.
7. The Baches complied. Gérard called on them and dined with them, and promised to return often: Sarah Bache to BF below, Oct. 22, 1778.