Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Peter Elmsly, 12 September 1783

From Peter Elmsly9

AL: American Philosophical Society

Paris 12 Septr. 1783.

Mr. Elmsly presents his respects to Dr. Franklin and Sends him the inclosed,1 if the Dr. has any Parcel for England, that Mr E. Can take with him, He will be So good as send it to Mr Pissots2 & great care Shall be taken of it. Mr E. has sent to Mr P. four parts of the Phil: Transact: from Sr. Joseph Banks for Dr Franklin,3 they will be Sent him as Soon as the Bale arrives.

Addressed: Dr Franklin

Notation: Elmsey 12 Sept. 1783

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9The important London bookseller who specialized in the French trade: XXV, 91; ODNB.

1Probably John Calder’s letter of Aug. 28.

2The Paris bookseller Noël-Jacques Pissot (1724?–1804) worked with his son Laurent-Noël and specialized in trade with England. He was Joseph Banks’s preferred source for French books, and after the war handled the subscriptions to French journals for Banks as well as the king and queen of England: XXXV, 367n; Jean-Dominique Mellot and Elisabeth Queval, Répertoire d’imprimeurs/libraires XVIe–XVIIIe siècle: état en 1995 (Paris, 1997); Neil Chambers, ed., Scientific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1765–1820 (6 vols., London, 2007), II, 143, 262.

3See Banks to BF, Aug. 25. The four volumes must have been parts I and II of Phil. Trans., LXXI (1781) and LXXII (1782). The last of these was issued in early August, 1783, and was the last volume BF had received when he next inquired about his subscription: Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser, Aug. 6, 1783; BF to Banks, Aug. 21, 1784 (British Library).

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