Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jean-Rodolphe Perronet, 13 August 1778

From Jean-Rodolphe Perronet1

ALS: American Philosophical Society

ce 13 Aoust 1778.

Mr. Perronet assure de son Respectueux attachement Monsieur Francklin et lui envoy un Plan du Combat Entre la flotte anglaise et l’Armée du Roy, persuadé qu’il pourra lui faire plaisir.

1This is the only letter we have to BF from his fellow member of the Académie royale des sciences. Perronet (1708–94) was the leading engineer in France: Schelle, Œuvres de Turgot, IV, 123; see also Larousse. The enclosed plan, now lost, was of the first naval engagement of the war, the indecisive Battle of Ushant on July 27.

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