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To Benjamin Franklin from Antoine-Alexis Cadet de Vaux, 17 July 1779

From Antoine-Alexis Cadet de Vaux

ALS: American Philosophical Society

ce 17 Juillet 1779

Monsieur,

Dans le compte que J’ai rendu (Journal de Paris) de l’acte soutenu au college Mazarin, J’ai cru devoir parler de ce qui vous est relatif, après avoir pris l’attache de M. Barbeu du Bourg.4

Je me suis appercu de l’Insuffisance des Expressions pour rendre les sentiments de respect et d’admiration que votre présence inspire, sentiments que personne n’éprouve plus vivement que moi et avec lesquels Je suis Monsieur Votre très humble et très obeissant serviteur

Cadet LE J.

Notations: Cadet 17 Juillet 1779. / Mr King,5 Hotel Vauban Rue de Richelieu

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Cadet is referring to an article published that very day in the Jour. de Paris (pp. 806–7), which he had founded in 1777. It tells of BF’s presence at the Collège Mazarin on July 15 to hear a dissertation on electricity dedicated to him by Louis-Hilaire Fagnan. The Latin text of the dissertation is at the APS.

D’Alembert was there, too, and both men were warmly greeted by the students. Cadet remarked that students were now introduced to experimental science rather than abstract discussions. BF is referred to as “le prince de la Physic.”

5The Irishman to whom BF delivered a passport on July 22, below.

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