From H. Sykes3
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Place du Palais Royall, August the 20th. 1779
In Consequence of Your Permission, I take the Liberty to Acquaint You that my Large Electricall Machine is quite Compleated. It was to have been deliverd on Monday next, but I shall keep it till Wednesday or Thursday, in hopes that you will do me the Honnour to Comme and see it, and favor me with Your Opinion on its Construction.
I have the Honnour of being Sir, Your Most Obedient humble Servant
Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin, / Deputé des Etats Uniees de L’Amerique / en Son Hotel / à Passy
Notation: h. Sykes Paris 20. 1779.
3. This is the last extant letter from or to the English optician who had settled in Paris and had a shop in the Palais Royal (XXVIII, 430–1n). BF had bought a barometer from Sykes for which he paid 36 l.t. on July 23: Cash Book, Account XVI, XXVI, 3.