Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Beccaria, 19 February 1781

To Beccaria

Press copy: Library of Congress

Passy, near Paris Feby. 19. 1781

Dear Sir,

I received lately through the hands of your Ambassador,7 the several ingenious Pieces of your Writing, which you did me the honour to send me. At present I am so engag’d in publick Affairs, that I cannot give the Attention I wish to philosophical Subjects, which used to afford so much Pleasure. It grieves me to hear of the long Continuance of your Illness. Science suffers with you. I beg leave to recommend the Bearer, M. Steinsky, to your Civilities. He is Professor of Physics at Prague. With good & unalterable Esteem, I have the honour to be, Reverend & dear Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant

B Franklin

Revd Pere Beccaria.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Count Scarnafiggi, an old pupil of Beccaria’s: Antonio Pace, Benjamin Franklin and Italy (Philadelphia, 1958), p. 62. The Turinese ambassador delivered Beccaria’s letter of Nov. 17, above.

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