Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Canton, [1757–1772]

To John Canton3

AL: The Royal Society

Tuesday [1757–1772]4

Mr. Franklin’s Compliments to Mr. Canton, and requests he would procure for him two more of the long Glass Tubes such as he formerly did him the favour to procure for him.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3On John Canton, electrical experimenter, see above, IV, 390 n.

4This note might have been written at virtually any time before Canton’s death, March 22, 1772, except, of course, during one of BF’s journeys away from London or during his return to Philadelphia, August 1762–December 1764. Possibly BF’s reference to himself as “Mr.” places the note before he received his honorary doctorate at the University of St. Andrews, Feb. 12, 1759. His “Account of Expences” contains no entry to help in the dating.

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