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ALS : American Philosophical Society; duplicate: Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz, West Berlin Since I received your kind lettre dated Marsch 18, 1774, great things have happened, of which your country is the theatre. That country is become the seat of horror and bloodshed, which I took to be the seat of tranquillity and happiness, and which I was formerly much inclined to chuse as a...
ALS : American Philosophical Society This is only to accompany the adjoin’d lettre of mr. Weinbrenner, who, as you see, does not loose time to make use of your kind proposition of giving some introductory letters to his agent, who is mr. Donath . This gentleman will set out in a few weeks for Philadelphia New york & Boston, where he will spend two years. He will carry with him various...
ALS : American Philosophical Society The bearer of this, Mr. james Robertson, being arrived at Paris from a tour thro Italie, after having spent some time in Vienna, where he followed my experiments and became one of my friends, has begged the favour of me to send him an introductory lettre to you. As he is a very worthy and learned Gentleman, I can not refuse his request, and take the liberty...
ALS : American Philosophical Society The inclosed note and bill of exchange of 150 florins on Messrs. Goll & Verbrugge at Amsterdam are delivred to me by his Excellency Count Chotek chanchellor of Bohemia and Austria, one of our first Noblemen, and, what more is, a true Lover and encourager of Sciences; deserving therefore very highly your attention in fulfilling his desires, by sending the...
ALS : American Philosophical Society You will have recieved my last, by which I asked you leave to dedicate my work, now, as I hope, under the press, to you— I am rejoiced to be informed by the chancerie of the Court, that, according to an advise of Count de Mercy to Prince Kaunitz, you are certainly to come here. Since that time I am courted by many more Gentlemen and Ladies to present them...
Printed in Nouvelles Expériences et observations sur divers objects de physique (Paris, 1785), pp. iii-iv; ADS (draft): Teylers Museum A SON EXCELLENCE MONSIEUR BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Ministre Plénipotentiaire des Etats-Unis de l’Amérique auprès de la Cour de France, Membre de l’Académie royale des Sciences de Paris, de la Société royale de Londres, &c. &c. Président de la Société Philosophique de...
ALS : American Philosophical Society This lettre will be delivred to you by the Countesse de Fries, a lady, to whose family I am obliged for their constant kindness and civitilities towards me. Her Husband, one of the richest and the most respectable men of Europe, establish’d here in the most extensive banking business, a protestant and a Republican, being a Swish born; being very desirous of...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I wrote you a lettre some weaks ago containing an account of some experiments done according to your direction with wires of various metals. I hope you will have recieved it. I did begg the favour of inquiring about a lettre, which Mr. Wharton has sent me and which I never recieved, tho it is of great concern for me. As I have this oportunity, I take the...
ALS : Historical Society of Pennsylvania I recieved your kind lettre dated juin 8 and thank you hartely for it. Our friend 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 prescription and desire much to meet you again in your actual residence. I will not be able to set of before july,...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Give me leave to acquaint you, that I wrote an other letter to you the 23 of may, which I can make no doubt but you recieved in due time. I was in hopes of recieving a word in answer upon it and upon my former letters, but find me again disappointed. I think however, that your lettres, directed as I told you in my last can not fail of coming to hand. I...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I find myself very happy to be in a country, from which I may write to you in full safety, and to acquaint you, that I intend ear long to pay you a visit at Passy. I set out to morrow for Holland, from where I will go directely to Paris. I had asked leave to remain in London till next spring on purpose to publish a second volum of the work I send you, and...
ALS : American Philosophical Society After having longed such a long while for an answer upon my lettres of Dec. 2. febr. 7 and april. 7th. I recieve at last a lettre from Dr. le Begue de Presle dated paris May 1. by which I am acquainted that you are well and that you have answerd me upon my lettres , tho I have recieved none at all. This lettre of mr. le Begue was shut in a cover, which had...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I Stay’d a day longer in the Country as I had proposed. I recieved now my lettres from London, and can set out for an excursion, whenever you pleas. As I have some business to perform to day in town, I can’t have the pleasur of seing you. I intend to Come to morrow at three o clock at Dinner in purpose to consult you upon the intended sell of my stock and...
ALS : American Philosophical Society As I expected every day to hear that peace was actualy made, I postponed to write to you, fearing to interrupt your attention now engaged in more whighty affaires than the Content of my lettres. I hope you have put the wire inclosed in my last to the test in a phial filled with fine dephlogisticated air. If you have, I am Sure you will have been pleased...
ALS : Library of Congress I hope you are not so entirely involved in the troublesome business of the world Politic, as to have abandon’d entirely the world of Nature, whose laws, made by the supreme wisdom are as constant, and inalterable as its Legislator himself. It would, indeed, be hard to me to concieve, that a man, a Philosopher so often and so successfully employed in researches of the...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I Was very happy in recieving your lettre containing the explication of the stroke of lightning at Cremona, and an other, dated July 4th, which came to hand before yesterday. Recieve my most harty thanks for both these favours and particularly for your kindness of forwarding my lettre to mr. Sam. Wharton and joining to it an admonitory note of your own on...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I have at last recieved the German American newspapers as far as august 6th. they have diverted me and many of my friends. I wish to have some more, if you have recieved some of a later date. The almanac is not arrived. I hope mr. wharton will send me soon an answer after having recieved your admonitory note, you was so good as to join to my lettre. I can...
ALS : American Philosophical Society When you consider, how long time I had the honour of enjoying your friendship, you can easily concieve, who much I am affected by having not recieved a single word from you in answer to So many letters, and instanty made by several hands. I doe not know by which way I may have forfeited your friendship. But as I am Conscious of having by no means deserved...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I reciev’d your lettre of the 4 of May and thank you for the communication of your paper upon the Aurora Borealis, which I find to contain very natural and truly philosophical Suppositions. I had scarce reciev’d it, but it was known by many I had it, tho I did mentioned to no body, except to Dr. Priestley. After having taken a copy of it I sent it to...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I got at last an account of Pere Barletti’s pamphlet in an italian journal et will peruse it for the farther elucidation of the notes you was so good as to send me. Mr. le Begue acquaintd me that you begin to make experiments with air. I am glad of it. But have you laid aside the reflexions you were making two or 3 years ago on fire places principaly in...
Abstract: Ingenhousz letterbook, Gemeente-Archief, Breda, Netherlands I begg him send me soon his apology. I tell him the very words by which the Empress Queen promised me never to change any thing in my situation, and declared me quite a free man. Thus that I could reasonably expect to get leave to do what I will. I Sent a relation of my experiments upon the Torpedo to Sir John a year ago. I...
AL : Historical Society of Pennsylvania I recieved your kind lettre at Brussels with several papers contained in it, which all gave me a great satisfaction and did serve verry purposely to the end, which I intended to make of the contents. I thank you most hardily for them. I am allready 5 weaks here, and would have wrote a long while to you, if I had been able to fulfill your commissions. I...
ALS : American Philosophical Society A little time ago I sent you a lettre by the way of London in hopes it should soon Come to your hands in America. But a few days ago I was informed by the newspapers and private lettres that you are arrived at Paris. This piece of news as astonishing as unexspected was very agreable to me, being happy to understand, that you are safe and in good health and...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Yesterday I was favoured with your kind lettre dated Nov. 12., which gave me the greatest satisfaction, as the defection of the colonies from their alleys is entirely Contradicted by your lettre as well as by the papers inclosed. That for some English people here so flattering news was still so much credited among them a few days ago, that a gentleman of...
Abstract: Ingenhousz letterbook, Gemeente-Archief, Breda That every body here expects his vindication but that I begin to suspect it will not be published till the American affairs are settled; that I allwas looked upon America as the abode of tranquillity. That I was much pleased with the translation of his work in Fransh. That mr. Reich Van der schoot gardiner to the Emperour has sollicited...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I had the satisfaction of being informed by a lettre of monsieur le Begue de Presle, that you continued to enjoye a good health: but as it is allways a much greater satisfaction for me to be informed of your happiness by your self, I will endeavour to procure me this pleasure the sooner by giving you some information of my self. I continue to enjoye a...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I Can make no doubt but my lettres came all to hand dated Dec. 2th 1780; febr. 7, april 7 may 23, aug. 29 1781. You will have seen how much I languish’d for a word of answer eiter by yourself, or, if you had no time, by the hand of your son or clerk. A volum of opuscula on various philosophical subjects, which I have had ready for the press more than 7 or 8...
ALS : American Philosophical Society As I have not heard from you this long while, I wish to know whether you have recieved my letters, one accompanying a new cast of my profil framed, an other by which I begg leave to dedicate to you my book, now under the press, at Paris, as I hope. I have not yet recieved the least intelligence from mr Wharton, nor any from mr. Coffyn; so that I remain in...
Abstract: Ingenhousz letterbook, Gemeente-Archief, Breda I am in the utmost consternation about his allarming circonstances and begg to be informed of them. The date at the head of a page that contains five abstracts of letters written on the same day, in Dutch, French, and English, of which this is the fourth. BF ’s reply is below, March 18. The news of the scene at the Cockpit and of BF ’s...
Letterbook abstract: Gemeente-Archief, Statserf, Breda To Dr. Franklin in passy that sir john should recommend in his case the [ illegible ] aethiopicum, if he could relay on the frensch making well the sal diureticus and reducing antimonie into an impalpable powder, but that [ they? ] faced this difficulty little. I acquaint him with my invention of kindling a candle by an electric explosion...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I recieved a note from the post office of Paris, that a lettre directed to me has been put in the bureau without the postage being payed, and is therefore not forwarded. I have immediately given ordres to my banker to pay the postage. As I have reason to suspect, that this lettre is yours, the more so, as the last lettre I recieved from you, has had the...
ALS : American Philosophical Society As I recieved my lettre Directed to you at Philadelphia back from London because my friend thought it would not please me, when I should know you was at Paris, I send it you without opening it, tho you will now be acquainted with the philosophical part of it. As I referred to it in my last, which will have come to your hands by Abbe Georgel , I am affrayed...
ALS : Historical Society of Pennsylvania I rcived yesterday from Madame chaumont the lettre of mr. Williams to which I iclose an answer, which you will be so good as to peruse and send to him by the first oportunity. I did not underwrite it, lest it should fall in wrong hands. If I was richer I should dare to venture the business without insurance. I should be very glad, if mr. Williams would...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I did send you in Decembre last the issue of the experiment by which the conducting power of common heat may be determined in the different metals. I have since wrote to you in february, requesting to be informed of what is become of Mr Wharton. I gave you to understand that I was greately concerned in some articles of trade he carryed on for me when he did...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I wrote to you a note some weaks ago to accompany the request of mr. Veinbrenner, which you allready had granted. His commissionary is allready gone to Hamburg and will set out with the first vessel for Philadelphia, waiting only for the introductory lettres you promish’d— Your last was dated may 16th, of Which I first recieved the copy. Reciev my thanks...
ALS : American Philosophical Society You will have recieved my lettre dated Nov. 19th. with a parcel to mr le Begue Containing papers for the press. Count choteck inquired again whether his bill of exchange has been forwarded by you to America. I told him you have probably had no time to write me about it, but that I make no doubt but the commission is sent to America. From the inclosed...
ALS : American Philosophical Society It seems all your lettres miscarry in a certain way. Your last favour of the 26 of April came only to my hands a few days ago after having passed thro Vienna and a great part of the German Empire. I am still at Tissingen in Suabia upon the estate of the Prince de la Tour et Tassis , whose two sons I have succesfully inoculated. I intend to set out from here...
ALS : American Philosophical Society As I was not able to finish as soon as I expected the book I intend to publish, I find my self obliged to spend the winter in this capital, where I enjoye far more satisfaction and happiness then I can ever enjoye in the place, where I am destined to reside. Tho I have not had the pleasure of hearing directely from you, I had now and then the satisfaction...
ALS : American Philosophical Society You will be surprised, that I did not keep my word or reather my resolution to come over to Paris. The reason was, that I undertook to finish a work upon the subject of the small pox and inoculation before I quitted this country, in which I was much interrupted by visitors and other avocations, which one can scarce avoid in a city as this, if a man has so...
Letterbook abstract: Gemeente-Archief, Statserf, Breda a Franklin , que le volume des Trans. philos. contains two papers of mine. That another paper is read upon a new theory of gunpowder which I have imagined. That I desire that his nephew should send me what money he has in hand for that I think trade is too precarious in the present circumstances of time. Ingenhousz the previous year ( XXVI...
ALS : Historical Society of Pennsylvania You will have recieved my lettre of May 12th. which I forwarded by my Bankers. Tho I had this inclosed in hands, yet I did not think it prudent to put it into mine, because I did not know, what it mayt contain. I send it you by an oportunity, which Mr. Elmsley affords me, it will be carry’d Save to Calais; from whence it will meet with no more...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I recieved your favour dated Passy Sept. 2. 1783, with an inclosed of Mr. Samuel Lewis Wharton, which Contained a bill of exchange of 8000 L. tournois. He refers to a lettre which mr. Sam. Wharton wrote to me on the 14 of April by the Way of France and on the 29 of may by the way of France, of which letters none came to right, which is probably owing to the...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I hope you have recieved in du time my last dated april 24 togeather with the Copy of a book in the German language. Mr. le Begue has the original frensh Manuscript in hands, but does not goe on with the printing of it. I take the liberty of begging the favour to peruse with attention the inclosed lettre to mr. Samuel wharton, (of which a duplicate is joined...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I found a coach, very easy and very strong, which can keep 4 persons. The bargain, which I was able to make, is to pay 9 livres a day till the 18th and than 6 Livres a day afterwards. Thus if we stay on our journey 16 days, it will cost us only 6 louis d’ors. I am sure it will be impossible to meet with a more reasonnable bargain, as commonly I am assured a...
ALS : American Philosophical Society This will be delivred to you by my Good friend the Prelate or Abbé Nekrep president of the oriental College at Vienna, a Gentleman much estimed here, a very good scholar and philosopher. He goes for a few weeks to Paris in pursuet of knowledge regarding his profession, and as his particular pride is to know you, I take the liberty to recommend him to your...
ALS : University of Pennsylvania Library; AL (draft): Yale University Library You will be surprised to see, that I am not yet arrived in England. I found my Brother’s wife dangerously ill and could not part with her before all danger was over. I found no letter of you or of any other friend at the post office at Amsterdam. I am now for some days at Delpht with my old friend and instructor Mr....
ALS : American Philosophical Society Since my last of last weak I saw your old femal friend in town. She came to sea me at my lodgings. She is very wel and in good spirits and desires me to send you her best wishes and to acquaint you that she recieved your kind lettre of Jan. last and will answer it in a short time. I will endeavour to bring you the copper for to roast a chicken in by a bold...
I was at Mr. Pelletier’s house, where they told me, that if such a legalisation could be made, it could not be but au greffe de la ville, at the town house. I thought it advisable to ask advise to Mrs. Tourton & Ravel how to proceed on that business. They told me such legalisation not being customary and by no means necessary it would be difficult to get it perform’d, and it would be even...
I took the liberty to recommend to your protection a lettre to our common Friend Benjamin Franklin, which was of great importance for me. As scarce one letter of three which Dr. Franklin or other of my american Friends have dispatched to me have come to hands, and as the same fatality befell those letters I wrote to him and to others, I should be extremily happy to be informed as soon as...
I take the liberty to recommend to your care this three Copies of the II volume of my work on vegetables , one for Dr. Franklin, one for the Philosophical society and one for M. Sam. Vaughan junior. I begg the favour of you to accept the fourth as a remembrance of mine. An other volume will soon appear, it being allmost out of press. I should have pay’d you my respects a long while ago, but I...