From the Comtesse de Conway7
ALS: American Philosophical Society
auxerre 15 Xbre 1778
I Long to be acquainted with the State of your heath, and to receive Some news of my husband, and of the war in america. I am hoping your juste cause Shall be for ever prosperous and Success full. I wesh you be So Kind as to instruict me with every thing Belonging to the State of my dear husband. I intend to go and See you this winter and Shall be extremely happy to assure you of my trüe friendship and esteem. I have the honour to be dear father your obedient and humble Servante
D B Conway
my Best Complimt to mrrs. great Son and adams and my other relation8
Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur B. franklin / Le pere deputé des ètats / unis d’amerique / A passy / pres paris.
Notation: Conway Auxerre 15. Xbre. 1778.
7. Françoise-Antoinette-Jeanne Langlois du Bouchet, wife of Gen. Thomas Conway and a close friend of BF since the summer of 1777: XXIV, 486. Her earlier efforts to get news of her husband are described in XXVII, 78.
8. WTF, JA, and her father-in-law, Count de Conway, had all been involved in the effort to gather news: ibid.