Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Jacques Barbeu-Dubourg, 5 December 1774

To Jacques Barbeu-Dubourg

ALS: Yale University Library

London, Dec. 5. 1774

Dear Friend,

With this I send you a new Pamphlet just published here, written by a Friend of mine.7 The Subject of it grows every hour more and more serious. No Advice is yet received of the Result of the Congress, which during its whole Sitting has kept all its Deliberations a profound Secret.

Mr. Bennet, who will deliver this to you, is a Gentleman of Distinction here, and my particular Friend.8 He is fond of your favourite Study Electricity, and you will have Pleasure in conversing with him. I recommend him warmly to your Civilities.

My best Respects to Made. Dubourg, Melle. Biheron, Madelle Basseporte, and M. Dalibard. I hope they are all in good Health. I am ever, my dear Friend, Yours most affectionately

B Franklin

M. Dubourg

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7[Arthur Lee,] An Appeal to the Justice and Interests of the People of Great Britain ... (London, 1774); see BF to Almon above, Nov. 7, and Almon’s reply below, Dec. 6.

8In all likelihood Richard Henry Alexander Bennet (1742?-1814), about whom we know little. He was an F.R.S., and had recently retired from what seem to have been four completely undistinguished years in the House of Commons. See above, XVI, 274–5 n; Namier and Brooke, House of Commons, II, 82.

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