Benjamin Franklin Papers

Pennsylvania Hospital: Report of the Weekly Committee, 4 June 1752

Pennsylvania Hospital: Report of the Weekly Committee1

MS Minutes: Pennsylvania Hospital

June 4th. 1752

During our months visitation John Poor being cured, was discharged; and Katherine Shannon’s child being also cured, she was discharged with the Child.

It was agreed to admit Angus McDonnel a dropsical person, if his friends will engage to indemnify the hospital and City from all charges that may accrue on his death or removal to the place of his residence.

It was also agreed to admit a Lunatick from New York at the rate of 10s. per week.

We received three pounds from Dr. Thomas Bond on account of the board of Thomas Stow, which we delivered to the Matron.

Henry Fetter being cured, was discharged.

The Physicians have attended constantly on the days of our visitation.

B. Franklin

Is: Jones

1The “Weekly Committee” consisted of two of the managers, appointed for a month at a time, to accompany the physicians twice a week on their hospital rounds and admit and discharge patients. This was done, BF wrote (Some Account of the Pennsylvania Hospital, p. 38), “with greater Readiness and Punctuality than has been usually known in any other publick Business, where Interest was not immediately concerned.”

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