Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to William Smith, 22 August 1772

To William Smith

ALS and letterbook draft: American Philosophical Society

London, Augt. 22. 1772


I received yours of May 16.7 with the Box of Books, and have already delivered and forwarded most of them as directed. I supply’d Dr. Fothergill with the wanting Sheet. I approve much of the Letter’s being in English. I forwarded your Letter to Mr. White, Son of Taylor White, Esqr late Treasurer of the Foundling Hospital (now deceas’d) but he has not call’d for the Book. I am glad to hear of your Success at South Carolina, and that the College flourishes. I send inclos’d a Pamphlet on a new Discovery that makes some Noise here.8 With my best Wishes of Prosperity to the Society, and Thanks for the Number of Books they have sent me, which I shall endeavour to dispose of to their Credit, I am, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Revd Dr Smith

Endorsed: To D Smith relative to 1 Vol of Transactions

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Where the matters that BF is discussing are explained.

8Probably Joseph Priestley’s Directions for Impregnating Water with Fixed Air … (London, 1772).

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