Benjamin Franklin Papers

Joseph Browne to John Kelly, 22 February 1762

Joseph Browne to John Kelly3

ALS: American Philosophical Society; copy: Yale University Library

Febr. 22. 1762. Agreed, nem. con. at a meeting of the Heads of Houses that Mr. Franklin, whenever He shall please to visit the University, shall be offer’d the Compliment of the Degree of D.C.L. Honoris causâ.4

J Browne Vice Can.

Addressed: To / Dr. Kelly

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Joseph Browne (c. 1700–1767), B.A., Oxon. (Queen’s College), 1721; B.D., 1737; D.D., 1743; fellow, 1731; Sedleian professor of natural philosophy, 1741–67; provost of Queen’s, 1756–67; vice chancellor, 1759–65. John Kelly (c. 1726–1772), B.A., Oxon. (Christ Church), 1747; B. Med., 1752; D. Med., 1756; Regius professor of medicine, 1759–72. DNB; Joseph Foster, Alumni Oxonienses; The Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886 (London, 1887–88), I, 175; II, 784.

4The degree was conferred on BF, April 30, 1762, and at the same time WF received an honorary M.A. degree; see below, pp. 76–8.

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