Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Marguerite Lecomte and Claude-Henri Watelet, [after 12 February 1779]

From Marguerite Lecomte and Claude-Henri Watelet6

AL: American Philosophical Society

[after February 12, 1779]7

Mde le comte et Mr Watelet ont l’honneur de faire leur compliment bien sinceres a Monsieur franklin et a Monsieur son fils sur le caractere honorable dont ils apprennent que Monsieur franklin est revetu.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Watelet was a patron of the arts and the owner of a little island in the Seine, the Moulin-Joli, on which BF had composed the “Ephemera.” He and his amie Lecomte were frequent hosts of BF: XXIV, 171n; XXVII, 432n. The letter is in Watelet’s hand.

7Dated by reference to BF’s “caractere honorable,” doubtless his appointment as minister plenipotentiary.

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