Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Margaret Stewart, 26 April 1782

From Margaret Stewart

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London 26 April 1782

I longe Since, hoped; & expected; to have the honor of hearing from Your Excellency; particularly, as Mr Ray of Ostend; wrot me that he Sent You, the Copy of my Brothers Work, in Decr last,5 I flatered myself that by Your protection; & recomendation, it cou’d not fail of Sucess; as You was so good to Writ; me in the Year Seventy four;6 that You wou’d be happy at any time, to render me any Service; I never Wanted asistance More than at present; for an Expencive Law Suit,7 & a Longe illness; has reduced me Much; I had the honor of writing to Your Excellency in Janr last;8 but Suppose that affairs of consequence prevented my having an enswere; but earnestly beg I may now & that You will, give me Some asistantance & have the honor to be Your Excellency’s Obliged humble Servant

M Stewart

PS please to direct for me No 26 union Street Near great Tichfeild Street

Addressed: Son Excellance Dr Franklin / a Passy Pres / de Paris

Notation: Stwart Mr. M. London 26. apl. 1782.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5BF received John Stewart’s The Senator’s Remembrancer on Dec. 15: XXXVI, 410n.

6Missing; see XXIII, 302n.

7She had already described it: XXXV, 636.

8XXXVI, 410–11.

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