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James Ralph - a good friend of Franklin, who was always trying to compose poems. Franklin tried to make him realize that he wrote bad poetry, but Ralph could not be convinced. Ralph went with Franklin to London and did not return to Philadelphia. When Ralph couldn't find work, he depended on Franklin for financial help. After a while, Ralph went to a small village where he taught school.. Later he became a good prose writer.
Denham - a Quaker merchant, who met and became a friend of Franklin during a voyage to London. He helped Franklin by revealing Governor Keith's character. After returning from London, Denham died due to illness; he left a small legacy as a token for Franklin.
Vernon - a friend of John Franklin, Benjamin's elder brother. He requested Franklin to collect some money, which was due to him. Franklin succeeded in collected the money and used it to pay his and Ralph's bills. Franklin later repaid the money but felt embarrassed to have used it.
Dr. Fothergill - a physician in London who recommended Franklin's papers on electricity by writing a preface to the edition. When Franklin was in London as the Assembly Agent, he acted on the advice of Fothergill. Fothergill remained a good friend and advisor to Franklin.