Franklin Privy Pit
A stone drain connecting to a vertical brick pipe conveyed waste into the pit either from Franklin's "water closet", "bathing room" or "run-off" from the sunken areaway outside the cellar kitchen. This is a remnant of areaway foundation retaining wall. Vertical brick pipe.
"... [Dr. Franklin] is obliged to use the warm bath every day to ease the pain of the gallstone. His bathing vessel is said to be a curiosity: it is copper, in the form of a slipper; he sits in the heel and his legs go under the vamp, on the instep he has a place to fix his book, and here he sits and enjoys himself ..."
Rev. Belknap to Rev. Manasseh Cutler, Nov. 18, 1785
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Patriots & Patriotism.
Location. 39° 56.967′ N, 75° 8.798′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Market Street. Located within Franklin Court. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Franklin Court (a few steps from this marker); The History of Franklin Court (a few steps from this marker); Franklin's Neighborhood (within shouting distance of this marker); Anthony J. Drexel (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker); Anthony Benezet (within shouting distance of this marker); Carpenters' Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Academy of Natural Sciences (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
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