to have been premeditated and ordered from England, will probably give the finishing Provocation and may occasion a vast Demand for your Metal.
I thank you for your kind Wishes respecting my Health. I return them most cordially four fold into your own Bosome. Adieu.
[ B. Franklin]
FRANKLIN formed close personal friendships with several men and women in France and they gave him constant help in his work for the American cause. In a wider circle, too, he won great popularity. His homely manner so unlike theirs, his reasonableness so far from cynicism, his wit that had the freshness of clean earth, completely charmed the fashionable ladies of the Paris salons, and they, in turn, charmed him. The social conventions of the French capital differed sharply from those of Boston, yet his sisters and nieces in the New England community shared him willingly. "I Love, I almost Adore the French Ladies for their Kindness to you," his stepniece Elizabeth (Hubbard) Partridge exclaimed to him. This warm expression of love for those who loved him induced the seventy-three-year-old Franklin to explain more fully "that matter" of their extraordinary attentions.
Passy, October 11, 1779
Your kind Letter, my dear Friend, was long in coming; but it gave me the Pleasure of knowing that you had been well in October and January last. The Difficulty, Delay and Interruption of Correspondence with those I love, is one of the great Inconveniencies I find in living so far from home: but we must bear these and more, with Patience, if we can; if not, we must bear them as I do with Impatience.