Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Sarah Bache, 8 May 1783

From Sarah Bache

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philad May 8. 1783

My dear Sir

I cannot let Coll Cambray5 go without a line to you tho I sit up to write in bed— I have had a fit of the Bilious Cholic that lasted twenty four hours, it went off yesterday but has left me very weak and with a bad head ake, I hope a good nights sleep will quite restore me, and then I shall be able to write you a long letter by Mr Oster6 who goes in a day or two— Mr Bache went to Mr Kidds the day before yesteday just before I was taken and would have been home to night but for the rain, I never missed him more as he is realy the best nurse in the World. Little Deby is in the height of the Measles. She has it heavily, but I am in great hopes will do well, the rest have all had it and are well and hearty—we are sorry to part with Coll Cambray who is universaly liked here, both as a Soldier and a Gentleman, he flatters us that he shall return and live in America, I was sorry I could not see him this evening, having not learn’d as much of the French fashion as to see a Gentleman when I was in bed, I feel myself better than when first I took my pen in hand. I was thinking at first to make Will to write for me excuse this paper it was all that I had this evening—7

I am as ever Your Dutiful Daughter

S Bache

Addressed: Dr. Franklin / Coll Cambray

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Cambray, who had been recommended by SB on Jan. 24 (above), sailed on the frigate Gloire on May 11, arriving in Brest on June 11: Lasseray, Les Français, I, 140.

6Martin Oster (XXVII, 334n), the vice-consul of Philadelphia, was returning to France for health reasons: Abraham P. Nasatir and Gary E. Monell, comps., French Consuls in the United States: a Calendar of Their Correspondence in the Archives Nationales (Washington, D.C., 1967), pp. 566–7.

7SB wrote on a sheet that her son Will had started to use for a letter of his own. He had gotten as far as “My Mama was much Desopointed that She.” Beneath this SB explained, “Will had began a letter to Miss Beckwith.”

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