Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Sarah Bache, 16 March 1780

To Sarah Bache

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Passy, March 16. 1780.

Dear Sally,

I received your kind Letters of Sept. 14. and 25th.6 You mention the Silk being in a Box with Squirrel Skins, but it is come to hand without them or the Box. Perhaps they were spoilt by the Salt Water & thrown away; for the Silk is much damag’d and not at all fit to be presented as you propose. Indeed I wonder how having yourself scarce Shoes to your Feet, it should come into your Head to give Cloathes to a Queen. I shall see if the Stains can be cover’d by Dying it, and make Summer Suits of it, for myself, Temple & Benny. I send some of Ben’s Letters inclosed to his Father.7 He is well taken Care of, and well contented. But I fancy you had rather he should be with me. Perhaps I may therefore recall him. Tho’ I really think he is better at Geneva for his Learning. Many Persons of Quality here, send their Sons there, for the same Reason tho’ the Religion is different.

I am glad to hear that Weaving Work is so hard to get done. Tis a Sign there is much Spinning. All the Things you Order will be sent, as you continue to be a good Girl, & spin & knit your Family Stockings.8

My Health & Spirits continue and I am ever, Your affectionate Father.

B Franklin

Mrs. S. Bache

Addressed: To / Mrs Bache / Philadelphia9

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6XXX, 332–6, 397–8.

7BFB’s most recent extant letters to BF were dated Oct. 25 and Dec. 25, 1779: XXX, 586–7; XXXI, 279.

8XXX, 334.

9Figures on the address sheet apparently unrelated to the letter subtract 15 from 49 for a remainder of 34.

Index Entries