|Creator:||Francklin, Thomas, 1721-1784|
|Title:||Thomas Francklin receipt|
|Quantity:||0.019 Linear feet (1 folder; MS 2665-2667, 2669, 2670, 2675-2677, 2680, 2681, and 2685-2695 housed together in 1 document box)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of one receipt of 1774 citing a payment of "One Guinea, being the first payment for one copy of the the Translation of Lucien", to "Tho. Francklin". The receipt is affixed to another document on which a biographical sketch of Thomas Francklin is included.|
Dr. Thomas Francklin was the son of Richard Francklin, well known as the printer of an anti-ministerial paper called "The Craftsman," in the conduct of which he received great assistance from Lord Bolingbroke, Mr. Pulleney and others, who then opposed Sir Robert Walpole's measures. He was educated at Westminster School from whence he was elected to Trinity College Cambridge of which he became Fellow, and was for some time usher in the school where he was brought up. In 1750 he was chosen Greek Professor at Cambridge, and in 1757 was presented to the College livings of Ware and Thunderidge in Hertfordshire, and although his mind was more intent on the stage than the pulpit, he published a volume of sermons in 1765. In addition to his translation he wrote the Tragedy of the "Earl of Warwick," "Mary Queen of Scots" a tragedy still in MS and translations of several farces. He published an "Ode to the Institution of the Royal Academy" and had a share in the Critical Review. He died at his house in Gt. Queen's Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, March 15, 1784.
Thomas Francklin receipt, 1774. MS 2681(M). Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.