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