Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Theobald, 4 January 1779

From James Theobald

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London, 4 Jany. 1779.—

Dear Sir.

I did myself the Honour to write You a Letter abt. November 17771 to acquaint Yo. with the melancholy Event of the Death of that Worthy Good Woman Mrs. Bache of Preston and at the same time to Enquire after Yr own Health & that of Yr Son in Law M R B & his son Benjamin— I also took the Liberty of requesting the Favour of a Line from You directed under Cover To M John James de Baÿ—to Acquaint me therewith—2

I am very Sensible that Yr Time & Thoughts must be taken up with affairs of higher Consequence than Writing Letters of mere Compts not withstanding Give me leave to Assure Yo. That it will be matter of Great Comfort to all this Family particularly Miss Bache3 to hear that Yo Her Bror. R & his Son are all well— We all join in Compts. of the Season to You & Them & I have the Honor to Subscribe my Self. Dr Sir. Yr. most Obedt. Hum. Servt.

Jas Theobald

Please turn Over.—

We have not had the Pleasure of Seeing Mrs. Stephenson for many many Months Consequently have heard nothing of You—which We are not a little impatient about. If You can condescend to favr me with a Line You will please to inclose it to Monsr. Jaques J: de Baÿ. Fabriquant de Dentelles, grande Rûe Neuve a Bruxelles.—

Addressed: A Monsr. / Monsieur Francois / chez Monsr. Chaumont / à Passy pres de / Paris—4

Notation: Theobald 4. Jy. 1779.

1For the letter from RB’s brother-in-law see XXV, 143–4.

2De Baÿ had served as the carrier for Theobald’s earlier letter: XXV, 160–1.

3RB’s sister, Anna Maria Bache.

4The address sheet has this additional information: “de la part & Sous Couvert de votre tres humble Serviteur Bruxelles 28. janvier 1779 Jaques J: De Baÿ grande rûe Neuve pres La Commedie A Bruxelles envoÿez moi je vous prie votre Reponce.”

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