From Benjamin Franklin Bache
ALS: American Philosophical Society6
Geneva June 20th 1783
My dear grand Papa
I write you to informe you that I reciev’d the books you mentioned in your letter of the 7th of June7 I have obtain’d another prize the same as my last but one rank more advanc’d8 I told you in my last letter that I was well,9 but I had the fever again and Mr Marignac went with me into the country for few holidays upon my arrival in Town the Fever left me but not being well I still take physic for that excuse my dear grand Papa the schortness of my letter and Beleive me for ever Your most obidien and Dutiful son
Mr and Mrs Marignac present you their respects as well as Johonnot who incloses a Word or two.1 My compliments to my Cousin
Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin ministre / Plenipotentiaire des etats unis / de L’Amerique aupres de sa majèsté / tres chretiènne / a Passy près Paris
Notation: B. F. B. to Dr. Franklin Geneva, June 20 — ’83
6. Castle-Bache Collection, available on microfilm.
7. The word is unmistakable; either a June 7 letter is missing, or BFB intended to write “Jany.” On Jan. 7 BF wrote to BFB that he had sent a parcel of books. Ever since, BFB had been reporting that the parcel had not yet arrived: XXXVIII, 557; XXXIX, 101, 206, 410.
8. For BFB’s last prize see XXXVIII, 533, 557.
9. BFB must have written a now-missing letter after May 30, when he reported himself “not being yet very well.” According to BF’s reply of June 23, that letter also enclosed a drawing.