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To Benjamin Franklin from Francesco Favi, 20 December 1782

From Francesco Favi

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Paris ce. 20. Xbe. 1782

Monsieur

J’ai L’honneur de vous envoyer un portrait qui a etè adressè de Vienne à M. Le Comte de Mercy.4

Ce Ministre m’ayant chargè de vous Le faire passer de sa part je m’empresse de remplir cette commission, qui me procure L’honneur de me dire avec Le plus grand respect Monsieur Votre très humble, et très Obeissant Serviteur

FAVI

Notation: Favi 20 xbre. 1782.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4We cannot be sure which portrait was being sent, but it may have been a plaster profile of Ingenhousz. On April 8, 1783, complaining that he had not heard from BF in a long time, Ingenhousz asked whether BF had received the “new cast of my profil framed” (APS). BF replied on May 16 that he had, and inquired about the method of manufacture (Library of Congress). As Ingenhousz explained on June 23, the plaster was varnished, sprinkled with silver dust, and burnished (APS).

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