Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Ingenhousz, 15 June 1778

From Ingenhousz

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

London Juin 15. 1778

Dear Friend.

I recieved your kind lettre dated juin 8 and thank you hartely for it. Our friend9 was very happy to hear from you and to be informed you are happy.

I will bring over a propre quantity of the ingredients necessary for the preparation of the prescription1 and desire much to meet you again in your actual residence.

I will not be able to set of before july, as I want to see the end of the dispute about pointed and nobbed conductors.2 It is a pity that some darkheaded men meddld in the affair. The R. Society however acted manly on the occasion, as Mr. Magellan can tell you, who is now in France.3 I am very respectfully your obedient humble servant

J. Ingen Housz

Be so good as to forward the inclosed to your Nefew.4

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Francklin / a Passy / Mr. Tourton

Endorsed: Mr Ingenhauss

Notation: Ingen Houze. London 15. Juin 1778

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Doubtless Mrs. Stevenson.

1See his letter of May 12.

2For the initial phase of the dispute, as Magellan reported it, see above, XXIV, 163 n, 487–9. The next phase continued into July. On June 19th the committee appointed to investigate the episode at Purfleet reported to the Royal Society; Benjamin Wilson dissented. Edward Nairne rallied to BF’s defense in papers read on the 18th and 25th. Another committee investigated Wilson’s experiments, and a dissent to its reports was read on the 25th. On July 9 Wilson described his new experiments. Phil. Trans., LXVIII, (1778), 999–1012.

3See his letter below, June 20.

4In his letterbook he summarized this enclosure as a request to use his brother’s money to the best advantage: Gemeente-Archief, Statserf, Breda.

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