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Dinner Invitation

Date: 1778, Jan 29
From: Cecilia Davies (Paris)
To: BF (Paris)
PBF: 25:543

Cecilia's sister Marianne first premiered Franklin's invention in early 1762; Cecilia (soprano) and Marianne (armonica) together performed throughout England and the European continent.


I hope you will Excuse the liberty I take in troubling you with this line but being come to Paris with my Mother and Sister on account of the latter's health, should think myslef guilty of an unpardonable negelct were I not to take an opportunity of waiting on the ingenious Inventor of the Divine Armonica. My Sister continually expresses her infinite Obligations to You Sir, and as She is just at present able to gout out is extremely desirous to have the pleasure of seeing you; but least we might happen to call at an inconveninent time I should Esteem it a particular favour could you let me know by the Bearer any moment tomorrow when you are at leisure, as we are very impatient to have the happiness of waiting on you. If not tomorrow, any other Day Except Saturdy or Monday next. My Mother and SIster desire their most respectful Compliments, and I have the honour to be Sir Your most Obliged and most Humble Servant.