To Dorcas Montgomery
Paris Aug. 21. 1786.
Your letter of the 18th. inst. came to hand yesterday. I am sorry it is not in my power to direct the paiment of the bills therein inclosed, as that would probably be more agreeable to you. Doctr. Franklin was the last of the American commissioners in Europe authorized to pay those bills. This he did as long as he staid which was for six years after the date of the bills. Those not presented in that time have been obliged to be sent to America for paiment. I send the bills to Mr. Grand according to your desire.—I have letters and papers from America as late as the middle of June, but they contain little interesting. The death of Mrs. Wilson you have probably heard of. Mrs. Barclay and her family are well at St. Germains. Mr. Barclay was also well at Marocco the middle of June which is the date of my last letter from him. I have the honour to be, with sentiments of the highest respect Madam your most obedient & most humble servt.,
PrC (ViWC); endorsed by TJ: “Mrs. Montgomery.”
Your letter of the 18th: Not found, but recorded in SJL as received 20 Aug. 1786. Mrs. Montgomery was a native of Philadelphia, a friend of the Bache family, and had gone to France in 1780 or 1781; in 1785 she informed Franklin that her son was in college at Abbeville (Mrs. Montgomery to Franklin, 23 June 1785, PPAP; see also Mrs. Montgomery to TJ, 16 May 1788). The death of Mrs. Wilson: Mrs. James Wilson had died on 14 Apr. 1786 (Penna. Gazette, 19 Apr. 1786).