Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Managers of the Pennsylvania Hospital, 29 December 1760

From Managers of the Pennsylvania Hospital

MS not found; abstract reprinted from Thomas G. Morton and Frank Woodbury, The History of the Pennsylvania Hospital 1751–1895 (Philadelphia, 1895), p. 43.

“On December 29, 1760, a letter was written to Franklin for some necessary drugs and medicines,1 and he was also asked ‘to join with some others of our fellow citizens, now in London, in soliciting contributions on behalf of the Hospital from several merchants who, we apprehend, may be induced to encourage the progress thereof.’ “2

1There is no record in “Account of Expences” of such purchases for the Hospital, but the omission is of little significance since during the final year or two of BF’s first mission there are very few entries which do not deal with public funds and his investments for Isaac Norris.

2On previous hopes that BF would be able to get contributions in England for the Pa. Hospital and on efforts to raise additional funds in the province, see above, VIII, 82 n.

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