have seldom since seen equal'd in every thing, and whom to this Day I cannot think of without a Sigh. Mr Bache is here. I found him at Preston in Lancashire with his Mother and Sisters, very agreable People, and I brought him to London with me. I very much like his Behaviour. He returns in the next Ship to Philadelphia. The Gentlemen who brought your last Letter, Mr Fox, stay'd but a few Minutes with me, & has not since call'd as I desired him to do. I shall endeavour to get the Arms you desire for Cousin Coffin. Having many Letters to write, I can now only add my Love to Cousin Jenny, & that I am as ever
Your affectionate Brother
Sally Franklin presents her Duty
Mrs Stevenson desires to be affectionately
remember'd S. Franklin
"I shall recommend her among my Friends"
[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. Patience Wright, already noted in America for her portrait models in wax, had just arrived with her three children in London to begin her still more notable European career. The "Mr Fox" who had brought Jane Mecom's letter to Franklin was perhaps from Philadelphia, but has not been positively identified.]
London, March 30. 1772
I have this Day receiv'd your kind Letter by Mrs Wright. She has shown me some of her Work which appears extraordinary.--I shall recommend her among my Friends if she chuses to work here.
I will enquire for the Books Jenny desires, and send them if I can get them.
As you are so curious to know something of Mr Fox, I will see if I can find him out in St. James's Street. He never call'd after he left your Letter; tho' I requested he would, & told him I should be very glad to see him.
Mr Bache is gone; and I hope near home by this time. I hope