Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Dorcas Montgomery, 17 November 1781

From Dorcas Montgomery

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Geneva 17th. Novr. 1781.

Honor’d Sir

Upon my Arrival here I had the pleasure of finding Mastr. Bache in good Health as is Mastr. Jonnot,1 & Monsieur Marignac, who my son goes too to morrow. I have had the pleasure of seeing Madame Cramer, a very Lovely woman who has paid every attention to the Letter you was so Kind to give me for Her.2 She has procured a pension for me which I purpose going to in a Day or two. Mastr. Bache is at present in the Country at Madame Cramer’s— Her son3 goes to the same pension that your’s does from all the information I can procure, this undoubtedly is a very proper place for Education, and I flatter myself that our son’s will receive every wish’d for Improvement.— Please to forward the inclos’d my Compliments attend Mr. T. Franklin, who I hope ere this, is intirely recover’d of His indisposition.—4 Mastr. Montgomerys respectful Compliments attend you (and the above Gentleman) with a thousand thanks for your Kindness, in which I join him, and remain Honor’d sir your Obliged Hble Servt.

Dorcas Montgomery

Addressed: His Excellency / Dr. B. Franklin / Passy

Notation: Dorcas Montgomery. Geneva 17. Nov. 1781.

1Samuel Cooper Johonnot, who had arrived at Geneva on Sept. 28: XXXV, 538–9.

2BF wrote Mme Cramer on Nov. 5, above.

3And BFB’s friend, Gabriel. During the summer the boys spent four nights a week in the country and in the winter, Sundays and Thursdays: XXXV, 73–4.

4For WTF’s jaundice see XXXV, 543, 584, 672.

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