Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Fothergill, 6 April 1755

To John Fothergill

AL: American Philosophical Society

Philada. April 6. 1755

Dear Sir

I am but just return’d from a long Journey, having been absent near [six months]. I find your Favour of Novr. [I, which I shall?] answer particularly per Reeve [who sails for London?] in about 10 Days. This [will only serve to bring?] Dr. Douglas’ Piece (and another) on the [one and a half lines missing] Copy, [one line missing].5 With [complimentary close]

[B Franklin]

Dr. Fothergill

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Only a scrap of this letter survives, so that one cannot know whether BF was sending William Douglass’ “Piece” on scarlet fever, 1736, or his Summary … of the British Settlements in North-America, 1749–51, which was reprinted in London in June 1755. Gent. Mag., XXV (1755), 287.

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