Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Patience Wright, 7 October 1782

From Patience Wright

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London octobr 7th 1782

Honored Sir

With most Sincere Distress of mind I herd last from France You was ill and Since not had the good news of your Recovery I beg Mr Thare7 the Barer of this may give me the Early Inteligence of your helth and wellfare— My hopes are Placd high on your life health and Situation— May almighty Ruler of Kings give you the blessing of long life is the Prayer of dr Sir your Estemd Friend and very humbl Serv

Patience Wright

my Dear Wm.8

with dificulty am Silent I Returnd from Bath when the Spirit of the times made it very Entertaining being Company from all Parts &c. would to god you was their with others now on their way to that blessed Water

mrs Wright Respectful Complents To Doctr Bancroft to hold him Self Ready to meet us:

Addressed: His Exelency B Franklin Esqr / Passy France / (per Mr Thayer.)

Notation: Wright Oct 7. 1782.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Former chaplain John Thayer: XXXV, 127n.

8Presumably she means WTF. Around this time, Wright wrote him a separate letter (undated), expressing alarm at reports of BF’s health, mentioning the N.Y. Loyalists’ petition to the King, and conveying the regards of several friends. APS.

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