Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Richard Bache, 18 October 1779

From Richard Bache

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia Octr. 18, 1779

Dear & Hond. Sir

Finding that Mr. Jay, who is appointed Minister Plenipotentiary to the Court of Madrid, goes with Mr. Gerard by way of France, and probably will stop at Paris a short time, I commit this, with the inclosed, and a packet of Magazines to his care; He carries his Lady with him, the Daughter of Governor Livingston,4 she is a fine sensible Woman, and will do honor to her native Country— I need not recommend them to your particular notice & regards, as I am confident they will [torn: almost] certainly meet with them, as they meet with you. I am ever Dear sir Your affectionate son

Rich. Bache

Dr. Franklin

Addressed: His Excellency / Dr. Benjamin Franklin / Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States / of No: America at the Court of / Versailles. / Favored by his Excelly / John Jay Esqr.

Endorsed: R. Bache Oct. 18—79 recd June 12, 1780

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Sarah Van Brugh Livingston (1756–1802), the daughter of William Livingston (governor of New Jersey from 1776 to 1790), had married John Jay in 1774. The Jay party which accompanied Gérard to Europe also included two secretaries, William Carmichael and Henry Brockholst Livingston, and John Jay’s twelve-year-old nephew, Peter Jay Munro: Richard B. Morris, ed., John Jay, the Making of a Revolutionary: Unpublished Papers, 1745–1780 (New York, Evanston, and San Francisco, 1975), pp. 123–4, 651.

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