Benjamin Franklin to James Bowdoin 1-Jan-1786

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Refers to voyage of John Jeffries (not mentioning co-pilot Jean-Pierre Blanchard) from England to France. Franklin says he has sent Bowdoin Jeffries' account of the voyage. Franklin writes that Jeffries brought him a letter in France—the first air mail, he asserts.


  • Aeronautical Annual, vol. 1 (1895), citing The Works of Benjamin Franklin by Jared Sparks (Boston, 1838)
Sender Benjamin Franklin
Recipient James Bowdoin
Date sent 1-Jan-1786
From location Philadelphia
To location
Communication type
Language English
Refers to flight? 1
Tech fields balloon, LTA
Length (in words)
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