Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Turgot, Baron de l’Aulne, 27 June 1777

From Turgot, Baron de l’Aulne

AL: American Philosophical Society

Ce vendredy 27 Juin [1777]

M. Turgot fait ses complimens a Monsieur franklin et prie Messieurs francklin de lui faire l’honneur de diner chés lui Jeudy prochain 3 Juillet.8

Response s.v.p.

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur francklin / A Passy / près La Barrière.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8BF attended the dinner, for his host got news from him and reported it a few hours after the party: Joseph Ruwet, ed., Lettres de Turgot à la duchesse d’Enville ... (Louvain and Leiden, 1976), p. 105. Turgot had long admired BF, and a year earlier had written the famous sestet for his portrait: Schelle, Œuvres de Turgot, V, 494, 647. As far as we know the two men had first met in March, 1777 (above, XXIII, 479n), and had subsequently been invited together to meet Joseph II; see BF’s note on Niccoli’s letter above, May 26.

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