Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Margaret Stewart, 17 October 1781

From Margaret Stewart6

AL: American Philosophical Society

17 Octr 1781

Mrs Stewart’s Respectfull Compliments attend Dr Franklin she wrot to Calais the day after she had the honor of Seeing him; for a Copy of the Work, as Mr Wallop; Lord Portsmouths Brother had one that was not paid for;7 but she hears, he has left Calais; therefore has wrot to England for one, which was bound for a Younge gentleman, that is dead; the berrer of this, is Son in Law to the Lady who was with me at Your house; he is a Native of Bruxelles; & has great abilitys if D F will render him any Service Mrs S will be extreemly obliged to him; she Sets out for Bruxells, to Morrow; & shall be happy at all times, to obey any Comands from Dr Franklin.

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Dr Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6BF more than four years earlier had corresponded with her about her brother John Stewart’s book, The Senator’s Remembrancer, the “work” that she mentions here: XXIII, 302n.

7Perhaps either Henry or Bennett Wallop, brothers of John Wallop, 2nd Earl of Portsmouth: Burke’s Peerage, p. 2003.

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