Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from François Bowens, 8 April 1783

From François Bowens

LS: American Philosophical Society

Ostend 8th April 1783./.

I have in Course received the honour of your Excellencies favour of the 24th. Ulto.4 in Consequence of which I transmitted the necessary directions to London, on the 2d Currt. to prevent your Newspapers from being sent me in future5 which I have no doubt will be paid proper attention to.

I am very sensible to the acknowledgements, Your Excellency, makes me on this Subject, which I must confess are highly agreeable to me, tho’ I feel they are unmerited, as the little trouble I had, was amply recompensed by the pleasure I found, in the Idea that I was of use to your Excellency— I shall be happy to find opportunities of being more so than hitherto, & of meeting frequent opportunities by which I may convince you of the perfect respect with which I have the honour to be Your Excellencies Most obedt. & devoted servant

Pr. F. Bowens

His Excellency Dr. Franklin.

Addressed: Son Excellence Le Docteur Franklin / en son hotel / Passy / prés / Paris

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Not found.

5Since 1780, Bowens had been receiving on BF’s behalf various items sent from England. Most recently BF had asked him to procure and forward London newspapers: XXXII, 24–5, 422, 437, 500; XXXVI, 637. He must have contacted Samuel Potts, whose letter of May 9 addresses the same issue.

6Schout, the Dutch term for bailiff.

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