Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from William Canton, 18 March 1772: résumé

From William Canton6

AL: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

<Wednesday evening, March 18, [17727], a note in the third person. His father, who is considerably worse than the previous Saturday, but because of laudanum in not quite so much pain, thanks Franklin for his kind inquiry.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6The son and subsequently the biographer of BF’s old friend; see the DNB under John Canton.

7Four days before John Canton’s death. BF’s cash book (1772, 1778–80; APS) shows that he had visited Canton, presumably for the last time, on March 5.

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