Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Ellis, 26 December 1773

To John Ellis3

ALS: Linnean Society, London

Cravenstreet Dec. 26. 73

Dear Sir,

I return the Book you were so kind to favour me with. Upon Consideration, tho’ I wish to do any thing you can be desirous I should do, I find it impossible for me to write any thing worth reading on a Subject that will be exhausted by Dr. Fothergill and yourself, who are both so much better acquainted with it. I am ever, with the greatest Respect and Esteem, Dear Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Addressed: To / John Ellis Esqr / Grays Inn / Mr Griffiss No 32 Fleet market

Endorsed: Decr. the 26th 1773 Benjn. Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3See the preceding document; BF’s second reply is below, Jan. 12, 1774.

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