Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Rudolph Erich Raspe, 4 May 1779

To Rudolph Erich Raspe

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy May 4. 1779.


I received the letter you did me the honour to write by Messrs. Waitz & d’Eshen.4 I happen’d not to be at home when they call’d on me; and they were abroad when I went to wait on them in Paris So that I have not yet had the pleasure of Seeing them;—but Shall be glad of an Opportunity of rendring them any Civilities in my Power on your Recommendation.— I repeat my Thanks to you for your Translation of born & Ferber’s tracts, which contain a great deal of observation that may be useful to America.—5 I hope you are easy & happy in England; being with much Esteem. Sir Your most obedient & most humble servant.

M. Raspe

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4March 26, above.

5Baron Inigo Born (Ignaz von Born), Travels through the Bannat of Temeswar, Transylvania, and Hungary, in the Year 1770. Described in a series of letters to Prof. Ferber, on the Mines and Mountains … To which is added, John James Ferber’s Mineralogical History of Bohemia. Translated … with some explanatory notes, and a preface … by R.E. Raspe (London, 1777), which Raspe had sent BF in 1777: XXIV, 435.

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