Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Ewing, 27 August 1770

To John Ewing

ALS: Yale University Library

London, Augt. 27. 1770.

Reverend Sir,

I received your Favour of June 14. with several Copies of your Observations of the Transit of Venus, for which I thank you. I have sent one of them to Mr. Maskelyne as you desired, with an Extract from your Letter, and another to Paris. I have not yet obtain’d from him the Estimate he promis’d me, but hope to have it soon; tho’ by what I hear from others I begin to fear the Expence will be thought too heavy for us.1 I shall send the new Volume of the Transactions to Mrs. Franklin, where you will find what Observations have been received and published here.2 I am, very respectfully, Reverend Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Mr Ewing

Addressed: To / The Revd. Mr Ewing / at / Philadelphia / per Capt. Osborne

1Ewing had asked for an estimate of the expense of erecting an observatory in Philadelphia; see his letters to BF above, Jan. 4, June 14.

2See the preceding document.

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