Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Margaret Stewart, 8 January 1782

From Margaret Stewart

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London 8 Janr 1782


I hope longe before this; You, have recd the Copy of my Brothers Work; & I make no doubt, but by your recomendation, it must be admired; it has met with little or no encouragment in this Country; Notwithstanding You took so much pains to recomend it in the year ’74;3 & I have been a great Sufferer by it; as I am no Stranger to Your benevolence; I hope You will give me Some assistance; as I have an expencive Law Suit carrying on,4 & am at Present very much distressed; the favor of Your answere as Soon as posible, will oblige Your most humble & devoted Servant

M Stewart

Please to direct for me at No 6 Cambridge Street near Golden Square

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Dr Franklin / a Passy pres de / Paris

Notation: M Stewart London 8. Janvr. 1782.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3For John Stewart, The Senator’s Remembrancer, and BF’s favorable reception of it see XVIII, 36n, 126–7; XXIII, 302n. In October, Margaret Stewart said that she would send BF a copy: XXIII, 302n; XXXV, 602, 636. It arrived at the Grand Cerf, terminus for coaches from Flanders; on Dec. 15 BF paid 36 l.t. for it, of which 12 l.t. was to be returned at the customs office: Account XXIII (XXIX, 3).

4For which see XXXV, 636.

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