Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from the Abbesse de Maucler, 2 May 1778: résumé

From the Abbesse de Maucler4

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<La Fère in Picardy, May 2, 1778, in French: Rumor in these parts has it that you are coming to see the royal artillery school here. If so I beg you to stay with me. I should be flattered to receive one who honors a name that belongs to me through my maternal grandmother, a Franklin from Ireland. Whether this is your family I do not know, but do know that I should get infinite pleasure from seeing you.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Or perhaps Mancler; her “n” and “u” are indistinguishable. She signs herself as the abbess of the Abbaye royale du Calvaire.

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