Benjamin Franklin Papers

[To Marat], 24 November 1780

[To Marat]

ALS: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague; copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Nov. 24. 1780


I received your obliging Invitation4 to attend your curious Experiments, on some Day between the 21st & 30th of this Month: But as I am laid up with the Gout, and see no Prospect of being able to go to Paris within that time, I can only return you my Thanks. If you have any Description of those Experiments written, I should be glad to see it, unless inconvenient to you. With great regard, I have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant5

B Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Above, Nov. 18.

5We have no further letters between the two men until 1782, when BF warmly accepted Marat’s invitation to witness another electrical experiment: Marat to BF, Feb. 14, 1782 (Library of Congress); BF to Marat, Feb. 25, 1782 (Berlin, Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz).

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