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To Benjamin Franklin from Jean-Baptiste Le Roy, [15 July 1778]

From Jean-Baptiste Le Roy

AL: American Philosophical Society

Aux Galeries du Louvre ce mercredy matin
[July 15, 1778?8]

Mess. Kossakowsky et Strestsky gentilshommes Polonnois9 qui vous remettront ce billet mon Illustre Docteur nous donnent à diner à Mde. Le Roy et à moi Jeudy prochain avec plusieurs académiciens. M. Strestsky nous fera voir ses curieuses experiences sur l’air inflammable dont j’ai eu l’honneur de vous parler.1 Vous devriez être de la partie et ces Mess. le desirent vivement. C’est en conséquence même que je leur ai donné ce billet pour vous. Rendezvous donc mon cher Docteur à leurs Instances et aux miennes. Vous savez combien toutes les occasions où je puis passer quelques momens avec vous me sont précieuses.

Tourner s’il vous plait

Je viens de recevoir un billet de Mde. De Marcenay qui bien fâchée de ne vous pas voir vous propose d’aller diner chez sa soeur à Epinay lundy ou mardy selon celui de ces jours qui vous conviendra. Faites moi un mot de reponse mon cher Docteur afin que je lui fasse savoir vos intentions et si vous acceptez.

Addressed: M. Franklin deputé du Congrès a Passy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8We are assuming that his postscript, mentioning a dinner with Mme. de Marcenay on Monday or Tuesday, refers to the same party about which she wrote BF on July 12, even though she gave the additional options of Wednesday or Thursday.

9The abbé Remigian Corvini Kossakowski (1730–80) had been a Polish Jesuit before the suppression of the order in 1773. He then traveled abroad until he settled in Paris in the fall of 1776, where he stayed until his death and had the title of correspondent of the Polish educational commission (Jour. de Paris, Sept. 7, 1778, p. 999). His chief accomplishment there was to help the abbé Andrzej Strzecki, astronomer to the King of Poland, who had been sent to France to buy instruments for the observatory at Vilno. Strzecki completed his mission and returned home in early September. Polski Slownik Biograficzny … (29 vols. to date, Kraków, 1935–86) XIV, 284–6. Corvini Kossakowski wrote an undated letter (APS) accepting for them both a dinner invitation from BF for a Tuesday. Since he emphasized that Strzecki was on the verge of departure, an occurrence announced as imminent on Sept. 4 (Jour. de Paris, loc. cit.), our guess is that the dinner took place on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

1On Aug. 29 Strzecki demonstrated to the Académie royale des sciences a British machine for experimenting with inflammable air: procèsverbaux, XCVII, fol. 292.

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