ance to whom they will be acceptable. Does Temple live in the house with you? his grand-father informs me he inclines to settle in the country. If that is his taste, I don't doubt he will be very happy: but his happiness cannot be complete without a helpmate: if there is any such thing in agitation, tell me who it is. Where does my poor grandson live? for, 'though my brother has been so good as to permit him to be there and to employ him for the present, I know your house is too small and your family too large, to find room for him there, and I hope he is in no way troublesome to you.
If your father should be able to come to Boston, while I live, I shall expect to see you and Mr Bache with him, to whom remember me affectionately. My children and grand-daughter Jenny Mecom join in love to you with your affectionate Aunt
Mrs Sarah Bache
[An excerpt from this letter was printed in Sparks, Familiar Letters, 129n. The whole letter was first printed in Smyth, Writings, IX, 514- 515, from the letter-press copy which Franklin kept and which is in the Library of Congress. The letter sent, now in the American Philosophical Society, is printed here. The Italian poet whom Franklin did not name, to his sister, was Ariosto, Orlando Furioso, Book XXXIV. In a letter of February 1, 1778, to the more learned James Hutton, Franklin had said he thought the poet was Ariosto and had told the same anecdote about advice. The "Episcopal Academy" was the Academy of the Protestant Episcopal Church founded in Philadelphia in 1785.]
Philada June 3. 1786
I have just receiv'd a kind Letter from you without Date, but it is that in which you mention learning the new Alphabet, &c.
Your Grandson behaves very well, and is constantly employ'd in writing for me, and will be so some time longer. As to my Reproving and Advising him, which you desire, he has not hitherto appeared to need it, which is lucky, as I am not