Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from J. Bowman, 7 October 1777

From J. Bowman1

ALS: American Philosophical Society

L’Hotel de Tours 7 Octr. 1777.


When dining at Passy some weeks ago I heard you mention that fixed Air2 had been used with success as a dissolvent in some Case or Cases of a Stone in the bladder. An Acquaintance of mine here desirous to try its power in some Cases now under his care wishes to collect every attainable information on the subject. I cannot doubt your contributing what you can to so good a purpose. A recital of what may have come to your knowledge in this matter, or an Indication where particulars of the Cases you alluded to may be gained will oblige Sir Your most humble Servant

J Bowman

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsr. Franklin / à / Passy

Notation: Bowman

1Probably the John Bowman, Jr., who was a friend of Valltravers and the son of the Lord Provost of Glasgow: Laurens Papers, VIII, 316 n.

2Carbon dioxide.

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