Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Thomas-François Dalibard, 22 September 1769

To T[homas-François] Dalibard6

ALS (draft): American Philosophical Society

London, Sept. 22. 1769

Dear Friend

Having this Opportunity by M. Le Roy,7 I embrace it to thank you most heartily for the many Civilities and Marks of Friendship I received from you and Madame Dalibard while in Paris; and to express my sincere and cordial Wishes for your Health and Prosperity: in which I am join’d by my Friend Sir John Pringle.8

As I cannot soon again enjoy the Happiness of being personally in your Company, permit my Shadow to pay my Respects to you. ’Tis from a Plate my Son caus’d to be engrav’d some Years since.9 With the greatest Esteem and Respect, I have the honour to be, Dear Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Mr D[alibard]

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6The physicist and botanist, whom BF had met for the first time on his visit to Paris in September 1767. See above, IV, 302 n; XV, 35.

7One of the several LeRoy brothers whom BF had met in Paris two years before. See above, XV, 83. It was not, however, Jean-Baptiste: see the next document.

8BF had returned on Aug. 24 from a second visit to Paris with his old friend Sir John.

9The mezzotint by Edward Fisher, after Mason Chamberlain’s portrait of BF, for which see above, X, frontispiece and illustration note.

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