Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Ingenhousz, 22 November 1779

To Ingenhousz

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Nov. 22. 1779.

Dear sir

I received yours of the 18th. and see with great Pleasure that you have been able to break the Enchantment that fix’d you so long in England, and have once more set foot on the continent with intent to visit Paris. You may be assured of meeting the Same kind Welcome at Mr De Chaumonts and I have besides a Bed &c. at your service if you Should rather chuse to be with me. I thank you for the Care you have taken in Bringing the Parcel, and giving me notice of it, that I may enquire for it. As I hope soon for the Happiness of seeing and conversing with you.4 I now only add that I am ever, with sincerest Esteem and affection Dear sir, Your &c.

Dr. Ingenhouses, a L’hotel de Londres à Bruxelles.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Ingenhousz traveled a more circuitous route than he had anticipated, only arriving in Paris on Dec. 29. He detailed his itinerary in a paper on air quality written to the Royal Society on Jan. 22, 1780, published in Philosophical Transactions, vol. LXX (1780), part one, pp. 354–77. The date of his arrival in Paris is specified in the revised version of that paper: Ingenhousz, Nouvelles expériences et observations sur divers objets de physique, I (Paris, 1785), p. 320.

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