Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Cadwalader Evans, 17 March 1770

To Cadwalader Evans

ALS: Miss Harriet V. C. Ogden, Bar Harbor, Me. (1958).

London, Mar. 17. 1770

Dear Friend

I received your Favour of Nov. 27. and thank you for the Information it contained relating to the Society.8 Mr. Ewing has transmitted to me Copies of the Observations of the Transits of Venus and Mercury which were made in Pensilvania. Those you sent me, made by Messrs. Biddle & Bayley, will, with the others, be printed, I suppose, in the next Volume of the Transactions of the Royal Society here.

Our Friends James and Wharton, your quondam Patients, seem in pretty good Health here at present. Mr. Wharton had got a Habit of Complaining that he was not well in almost every Company; and, as is always the Case, he everywhere found somebody who would officiously prescribe to him, and he too readily made Trial of their Prescriptions; so that he was forever physicking and never better.9 I have persuaded him to keep his Ails to himself, and he passes now for a well Man.

I am glad the Silk Books were agreable to you, and likely to be useful. With great and sincere Esteem, I am, my dear Friend, Yours very affectionately

B Franklin

Dr. Cadwalader Evans

Addressed: To / Dr Cadr. Evans / at / Philadelphia / per Capt Falconer

Endorsed: March 17th. 1770.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8See above, XVI, 235–6, where most of the items mentioned in this letter were discussed.

9Abel James, the prominent Philadelphia merchant, was in London on the business of his firm, James and Drinker: PMHB, XIV (1890), 41–5. Samuel Wharton’s hypochondria must have surprised Evans, who had expected him to overindulge in the fleshpots of London. above, XVI, 157.

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