From Benjamin Franklin Bache
ALS: American Philosophical Society4
Geneva 30 May 1783
My Dear Grand Papa
I have receiv’d the 24 May your kind letter dated the 25 and Mme Montgomery’s which was inclosed in it, By Mr Ridley Conductor of the young Morris’s as well as the medal you please to Send me you Refuse me a wacth I dont Insist on asking it no more.6 I thought that I could obtain one for 2 reasons 1° Every Boy of my Society has one or gold or at lest Silver they ar of my age Me. Cramer’s Son that is not as old as me7 has a gold one I talk to Mr Marignac about it he told me I did Very well Because I would find Very good watch’s at Geneva but si [if] you Beleive one would not serve me I have nothing more to say having had the fever and not being yet very well I pray you to excuse the schortness of my letter.
Beleive me for ever Your most Dutiful and affectionate Grand Son
B. Franklin B
Mr Marignac’s Family & Johonnot present their Respects.
Addressed: Dr. Benjamin Franklin / Passy
Notation: B. F. B. to Dr. Franklin Geneva, May 30— ’83
4. Castle-Bache Collection, available on microfilm.
5. XXXIX, 542–3.
6. BFB had requested Libertas Americana medals as well as a gold watch on March 30: XXXIX, 410. For the journey of Robert Morris, Jr., and his brother Thomas, who traveled under Matthew Ridley’s care, see XXXIX, 543n.
7. Gabriel (XXX, 248n) was a year younger than BFB. He was born on Oct. 14, 1770: Lucien Cramer, Une Famille genevoise: Les Cramer … (Geneva, 1952), p. 73.