Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Richard Bache, 22 June 1781

From Richard Bache

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia June 22d. 1781

Dear & Hond: Sir

I did myself the pleasure a few days ago of writing you a long Letter, which I committed to the care of Capt. All—9 also wrote to Temple & Ben—sent you the Indian Spelling Book, & the Dutch & English papers; these last I committed to the care of a Mr. Ray, a young Man that I have recommended to your notice, as he purposes visiting Paris soon after his Arrival in France—1 I now send you another of the Spelling Books, & the Newspapers— Sally by this opportunity gives you a detail of Domestick news, tho’ there is one circumstance, perhaps she may not choose to mention, vizt: that we expect an increase of family sometime in the Fall—2 She & the Children are in good health— As I have the honor sometimes of the Minister’s company at dinner, & as I could wish to pay every attention & respect to those Gentlemen you have done me the honor to introduce to me, & to treat them with some of their own Country produce, I take the Liberty of just droping a hint—a little French Wine would be very acceptable—3 I remain ever My dear & Hond. Sir Your affectionate Son

Rich: Bache

Dr Franklin

Addressed: His Excellency / Dr. Benjamin Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Probably his letter of June 20, above. Isaac All was in France by Aug. 5, when he wrote BF from L’Orient, below.

1Cornelius Ray; see Samuel Wharton’s letter of June 13.

2SB wrote on June 23, below. On Oct. 1, she gave birth to a daughter, Deborah; see RB’s second letter of Oct. 4.

3BF on Oct. 25, below, requested John Bondfield to send some of his “best Claret” to RB.

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