Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Sarah Bache, 3 December 1782

From Sarah Bache

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia. December 3d 1782

Dear & Honoured Sir

By this Vessel you will receive a tin and a Wooden box; both with grafts of the best new town Pippins which Mr Powell7 was obliging enough to procure, each of the grafts has a peice of the Old wood remaining to it, the wooden [torn: box] was put up by him in a particular manner with wax and tallow, the other by Mr Bache according to your directions,8 Mr Powel advises that the grafts should be placed in the earth as soon as they arrive till it is time to use them, and desires to be informed which succeeds the best—the Family at present are all well and join in the sincerest Love to you with your Afectionate Daughter

S Bache

Addressed: His Excelly. / Dr: Franklin / Minister Plenipoy: from the / United States of No: America / at / Passy. / favored by Mr. Miers / [In Myers’ hand:] L.Orient Jany. 13th. 1783 Forwarded by—Yr. Excellency’s Mo Obedient & very Hble Servt. Moses Myers9

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Probably Samuel Powel, former mayor of Philadelphia: XII, 203n; XXXVI, 166n.

8In 1780, BF recommended that the grafts be sent “in a Tin Case solder’d up tight.” BF’s requests for Newton pippin grafts and apples go back to his years in London: XXXII, 609.

9Also on the address sheet, someone (possibly BF) has written “E” forward and backward and “B Franklin” backward.

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