Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Ingenhousz, 14 May 1778

From Ingenhousz

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

London May 14 1778

Dear Sir

You will have recieved my lettre of May 12th. which I forwarded by my Bankers. Tho I had this inclosed in hands, yet I did not think it prudent to put it into mine, because I did not know, what it mayt contain.5

I send it you by an oportunity, which Mr. Elmsley affords me, it will be carry’d Save to Calais; from whence it will meet with no more obstruction.

Mr. Elmsley afforded me allso the two oportunities by which I have sent you the 2 copies of Gen. Pownals book and the copper plate of the fire place with 94 copies of it; which all I make no doubt but you will have recieved in its time.6

I hope to meet you in the cours of next month at Paris and to find you in good health and happiness. I am dear sir Your most obedient humble servant

J Ingen Housz

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5In other words he had had with him, when he wrote on the 12th, an enclosure from some one else; he sent it with the present letter, but we have no way of knowing what it was.

6See his letter above, March 6.

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