Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Parker, 12 June 1767

From James Parker

ALS: American Philosophical Society

New-York, June 12. 1767.

Honoured Sir

The Bearer of this Dr. Nicholas Falck,8 is an Inhabitant of this City, and is a Person of a general fair Character:–It is said, he having made some remarkable Discoveries in the Mathematicks and other Sciences, goes to London in order to communicate them to Advantage, and being some Acquaintance of mine, I have presumed to recommend him thus to your Notice: The Nature or Use of his Acquisitions he must inform you of himself, being persuaded that you will be a better Judge, whether they be of Utility or not, than I could pretend to: As I write per Packet9 I have no more to add now, than that I am with all Respects Your most obliged Servant

James Parker.

To Dr. Franklin London.

Addressed: For / Dr. Benjamin Franklin / Craven-Street / London / per Dr Falck

Endorsed: Parker

[Notes on address page in BFs hand:1]

Oars for a Man of War

A Machine to keep Acct of the Ship’s Way

A Quadrant to observe the Sun’s Altitude without a Horizon.

A universal Rule for extracting [illegible] with the greatest Simplicity

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Not identified.

9See below, pp. 186–7.

1It is not clear what prompted these jottings or to what they refer. It is possible that they relate to some of Dr. Falck’s “remarkable Discoveries.”

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