Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Sarah Bache, 1 June 1783

From Sarah Bache

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philad. June 1st. 1783

Dear & Honoured Sir

Our worthy Friend Mr Oster3 just now called to let me know he goes on board Ship amediately, as there is seldom a week passes, but he sees the Family two or three times, he will tell you how we all look, he caught me to day playing with the Children and rabbits, I see Betsy the day before yesterday she is with Miss Beckwith4 who is like to do extreamly well, has already ten young Ladies, and I take her up another tomorrow, she will I make no doubt be quite independant in a few Years, Mrs Brodeau who was recommended to you when you were last at home,5 has made a handsome fortune, Mr Bache wrote to you yesterday and notwithstanding I write to day I am not without hopes this letter will miss you and that you will be on your way home. I never wished for any thing more in my whole life than to see you— Aunt Mecom was well about two weeks ago, I just receiv’d a long letter from her—remember me afectionately to Temple and Benny, I am as ever Your dutiful daughter—

S Bache

Addressed: Dr: Franklin / Mr Oster

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Martin Oster, the French vice-consul (XXXIX, 571n).

4At Mount Airy; see RB’s letter of May 31.

5BF had in fact publicly endorsed Mrs. Brodeau’s character and her plan to open a boarding school for girls in Philadelphia: XXII, 282–3; XXIII, 254n.

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