Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Richard Huck, 9 July 1768: résumé

From Richard Huck9

AL: American Philosophical Society

[Saturday, July 9 (1768?).1 A dinner invitation from Dr. Huck for Friday next at four o’clock.]

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Richard Huck, who changed his name in 1777 to Huck-Saunders, had been an army surgeon in America during the French and Indian War. He returned to London, was appointed physician to the Middlesex Hospital in 1766 and to St. Thomas’s in 1768, and was in the medical circle of Pringle, Fothergill, and other friends of BF. Huck and Fothergill were trying at this time to break the stranglehold that Oxford and Cambridge graduates had upon the College of Physicians. DNB under “Saunders”; R[ichard] Hingston Fox, Dr. John Fothergill and His Friends; Chapters in Eighteenth Century Life (London, 1919), pp. 143–51.

1July 9 fell on a Saturday in 1768 and 1774; in accordance with editorial policy the document is assigned to the earlier of two possible dates.

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