Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Margaret Stewart, 23 August 1782

From Margaret Stewart

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London 23 August 82

I was honored with Your Excellency’s; Letter of June 13;1 which I shou’d; have enswered, imidiatly but waited to Send You the doz; Copies, of My Brothers wrok, You did me, the honor to write for; but I have been so distressed by an expencive Law Suit; & a long illness that I have Not have it in my power to get them printed;2 as I am no Stranger to You benevolence; beg, You will; recommend the Work to Some of Your freinds here at the Price You paid thro; Madame Frensh;3 to enable me to Print fivty Copies; which will be no More trouble than Twelve; besides I have had Some Subsribed for; I beg pardon; for the trouble I have been under the necessity of giving You; Excellency; & am with due Respect Your Much obliged Most humble Servant

M Stewart

P.S. I hope to have an enswere as soon as possible

Addressed: A Son Excellence / Dr Franklin Passy / Pres de Paris

1Not found, but probably a reply to her letter of April 26: XXXVII, 229–30.

2For John Stewart’s The Senator’s Remembrancer and his sister’s legal troubles see XXXV, 636; XXXVI, 410n, and the references cited there.

3In 1771, BF paid one guinea per set to Katherine French, who had first sent him the work: XVIII, 35–7.

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