Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to H. Sykes, 18 March 1779

To H. Sykes1

Copy:2 Library of Congress

Passy March 18. 1779.


I return you enclosed Mr Haywoods Letter and am much obliged to you for communicating it, as it acquainted me of the Welfare of some Friends whom I much Esteem (Mr & Mrs Nairne)3 and at the same time inform’d me of that most Ingenius Invention of Mr Haywoods for making Globes, which I much admire. Mr Whitechurch4 never deliver’d that, He did me the Favor to design for me. Perhaps it was broke by some Accident, or lost. Please to present my thankful Acknowledgements however and assure Mr Haywood of my Respect. I have the honor to be, Sir, Your most obedt humble Servant

B Franklin.

I shall take the Liberty of calling to see your Warehouse the first convenient Opportunity

P.S. If those Plaister Globes are heated hot in an Oven (after the Bread is taken out) and then washed over with melted hot white Wax, by means of a Soft Hair Brush, the Wax will penetrate ⅛ of an Inch, and so toughen the Surface may afterwards be polished: by rubbing it with a Silk handkerchief, will look like Marble; and may at any time be washed if Flies or Smoke &ca should dirty it.


Mr. Sykes is requested to send this to Mr Haywood

Mr Sykes

1In answer to his of March 13.

2In WTF’s hand.

3Edward Nairne, English electrician and instrument maker: X, 171n.

4The engraver, William Whitchurch: XXVI, 17.

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