Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Simon-Pierre Fournier le jeune, 2 March 1781

To Simon-Pierre Fournier le jeune

AL (draft): Library of Congress

a Passy, ce 2e Mars 1781

En examinant les Matrices, Monsieur, je ne trouve pas celui du [p]1 dans le Mot capable de votre Epreuve.2 Il y manque aussi une longue s une longue j et le point, la virgule, et l’Apostrophe, &c. S’il vous voulez me les envoyer, vous m’obligerez. J’ai l’honneur d’etre

Mr Fournier, jeune

1These are BF’s square brackets.

2BF is referring to the large script type that Fournier had engraved; see XXX, 346–7. This font included two lower-case p’s, one closed (which would leave a space before the next letter) and the other open, with a rising tail that would connect with the following letter to simulate handwriting. See the specimen reproduced in XXX, facing p. 347, where in the second phrase the p’s of “perfection” and “capable” differ.

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