Franklin’s Inventory of His Linen, etc.6
AD: American Philosophical Society
May 6[–11], 1778
Account of Linnen &c. taken this 6th of May 1778
|Shirts of No. 13||5|
|“||of No. 12||6|
|“||of Do. at the Wash query 4||5|
|“||of Do. on my Back||1|
|“||of Do., dirty||1|
|Several gone to be mended|
|“||at the Wash||5|
|Hand kerchiefs Cambrick cross Barr’d||9|
|“||“ “ at the Wash||1|
|Edg’d Ruffles spare Pairs||4|
|Stockings white Worsted Pairs||2|
|May 7. brought home from the Mender|
|Shirts No 13||5|
|Stockings white Silk pair||1|
|May 11 Brought home from Mender|
|Shirts odd ones||2|
|White Silk Stockings Pairs||2|
6. This glimpse of BF in undress has enough interest of its own, we believe, to belie the stock complaint that editions like ours print even laundry lists.
Another glimpse behind the scenes at Passy is an extensive list of kitchen utensils, which Deane had rented in April, 1777, and BF took over a year later; the list is embodied in a volume of bills and business memoranda, 1777–85, pp. 23–7. APS.
7. Bodice, a stiffened undergarment. All the items except the first, this one, and the nightgown are checked off in the margin.