Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Morgan, 5 February 1772

To John Morgan2

ALS: University of Pennsylvania Library

London, Feb. 5 1772


I received your Favour of July 6. just as I was about setting out on a Journey thro’ Ireland and Scotland, chiefly with a View to establish my Health by the Change of Air and daily Exercise. This prevented my Writing till now. I thank you for the inaugural Dissertations, and am pleas’d to see our College begin to make some Figure as a School of Physic, and have no doubt but in a few Years, with good Management, it may acquire a Reputation similar and equal to that in Edinburgh. I am oblig’d to Dr. Elmer for the Honour done me and my Son, by inscribing to us his ingenious Thesis:3 I wish him Success in his Profession, and the Reputation and Advantages attending it when judiciously practis’d.

Please to present my Respects to Mrs. Morgan, and to good Mrs. Hopkinson and her Family, of whose Welfare I am always glad to hear.4 With great Esteem, I am, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant.

B Franklin

Addressed: To / Doctor Morgan / Philadelphia / per / Capt. Falconer

Endorsed: from Mr Franklin Feby. the 5: london

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2The founder of the medical school of the College of Philadelphia; see above, IX, 374 n; XII, 203 n.

3See BF to Bond above, Feb. 5.

4Mrs. Hopkinson was Morgan’s mother-in-law; for a sketch of her family see above, XII, 125 n.

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