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ALS and copy: American Philosophical Society; four drafts: American Philosophical Society <Turin, December 16, 1779, in Italian: Mr. Chantel gave me your very gracious letter and told me about the audience— most gratifying to me—with which you honored him. I am sorry that for the present time I do not have the energy I could wish to thank you properly in writing. To make up for it, I shall try...
Translation of extract (?) in Franklin’s hand: Yale University Library; extract (?) in Italian: American Philosophical Society; also copies of extract and translation: Yale University Library Father Beccaria thanks Mr. Franklin for his kind Remembrance; should have had a most singular Pleasure in seeing him at Turin, which he had been made to hope by his Letter to Mr. Haldiman: If he had known...
Translation of the Italian text printed in Giambatista Beccaria, Elettricismo artificiale ... (Turin, 1772), pp. vii–viii. Beccaria, after almost twenty years, revised and expanded his well known Dell’ Elettricismo artificiale, e naturale libri due ... (Turin, 1753). He prefaced the new edition with the open letter printed below, which was a reply to the letter describing the armonica that...
ALS : American Philosophical Society <Turin, November 17, 1780, in Italian: Encouraged by your gracious letter, I am sending you by Monsieur Chantel some of the disconnected pieces I wrote during my painful and interminable malady. If I manage to see through the printing of Elettricismo Naturale which I hope to start in January, I will send you a copy in due time. I have decided to gather my...
Incomplete draft: American Philosophical Society Illustrissimo Signor Signor Padrone mio Colendissimo. A quest’ora avrete ricevuto risposta alle vostre direttavi per mezzo [ blank in MS ] riceverete anche questa per l’istesso canale, e potrete rispondermi per il medesimo; che così La spesa sarà tutta addosso a me, e riceverò lettere sicuramente; perciocchè le due penultime vostre hanno tardato,...
I . MS translation and MS Latin original: The Royal Society. II . MS “Note”: The Royal Society Father Beccaria, the strongest and most active supporter of Franklin’s electrical theories on the Continent, addressed this letter to him in Latin soon after learning of his arrival in England. Dr. James Parsons made an English translation which, after some delay, was read at the Royal Society, Feb....
MS not found; reprinted and translated from Latin pamphlet: De Electricitate Vindice Joannis Baptistae Beccariae ex Scholis Piis Ad Beniaminum Franklinium Virum de Re Electrica, & Meteorologica optime meritum. Epistola . Taurini, Typis Joannis Baptistae Fontana Impressoris, & Bibliopolae in Palatio Urbis. Facultate obtenta. [1767] (Yale University Library). Beccaria’s letter is known only in...
Incomplete drafts: American Philosophical Society These letters were drafted in reply to Franklin’s of August 11, the preceding document, and were completed at some time between receipt of that letter and early March, 1774. Whether Beccaria sent them in draft is not clear, but only the drafts survive; and they pose an editorial problem. His earlier letters to Franklin, which have been...