Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Francis Coffyn, 16 April 1784

From Francis Coffyn

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Dunkerque 16. April 1784.

Hond. Sir.

I had the honnor to address your Excellency on the 6th. inst,8 whereunto I beg leave to refer. This cheafly Serves to enclose a Copy of a letter I Just now received from my friend M. Bodin at Lille, to whom I wrote to enquire about the price of Bells.9 If that which was offer’d me here at 30 s. per pound all charges included, as mentioned in my Said letter, would Sute, it would be preferable to those at Lille, where they demand 34 s. per lb. exclusif of the duty & the expences of transporting it here; The Three Bells my friend mentions that are to be Sold in the course of Eight days are I apprehend too large,1 if not I beg your Excellency will favour me with his orders per return of the post, & rely on my attention to execute the Same. Interim I have the honnor to remain very respectfully. Your Excellencys Most obedient & most humble Servant

F. Coffyn

His Excy. Dr. B. Franklin at Passi

Notation: Coffyn, Dunkerque 16 Avril 1784.—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Not found.

9The enclosure is a copy (in Coffyn’s hand) of an April 15, 1784, letter from P. J. H. Bodin. APS. Coffyn had consulted him as a result, apparently, of an inquiry posed by BF in the wake of his hearing about the town of Franklin’s wish for him to donate a bell: XLI, 476–7; William Hodgson to BF, March 17 (above).

1Bodin’s letter indicated the availability of four bells from a church slated for demolition.

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