Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from ——— Ruthefaud, 1 February 1778: résumé

From ——— Ruthefaud9

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Cantenac, February 1, 177[8?], in French: I see in the newspapers that you have communicated a cure for dropsy to the doctors of Paris, and that they have successfully tested it at the Invalides. The papers did not explain how much tobacco ash is needed, or whether it is applied externally or internally. I should be greatly obliged if you would send this information to M. Delap.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9He signs himself “curé de cantenac a bordeaux.” For the background of his inquiry see our note on Stewart to BF above, Nov. 21.

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