Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Isabella Strange, 23 August 1779

From Isabella Strange6

AL: American Philosophical Society

August 23d 1779 paris

Mrs Strange presents Her most respectful compliments to Dr Frankland she presumes to give Him the trouble of the Inclos’d to Her Friend Mr Livingston who she supposes to be with His Namesake but where she knows not. He and His Family left St Johns Several years agoe. He was a Carpenter and Builder and if not a Soldier now will be in the same way. All Mrs Strange wishes to know is that He and His Family are well— adieu—

Mr Strange is at Versails otherwise He would have had the Honour of delivering this.7

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsr Frankland / passy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Wife of the engraver Sir Robert Strange. The couple had been living in Paris since 1775; see XXIII, 226n; DNB.

7A number of the Stranges’ requests to forward mail are among BF’s papers, most of them dated and from a later period. An undated note in the husband’s hand, in French, and directed to a “Monsieur Guillaume,” asks for a letter to be forwarded to Mr. Alexander. APS. WTF was most likely the recipient.

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