From G. Row[se?]7
ALS: American Philosophical Society
North East July 21st. 1747
I’m informd of Some Letters from Virginia being directed for your care, if any arrived please send per Enoch Story8 and if any shoud Soon come to hand please to Order the Post to deliver them at my house which will much oblige Sir Your humble Ser[vant]
To Mr. Franklin
Addressed: To Mr. Benjn. Franklin Postmaster in Philadelphia By favour Captn. West
7. The signature is torn, but only two or three letters can be missing. At least four persons named Rouse were heads of families in 1790 in Cecil County, Md., where North East is located.
8. Probably Enoch Story, son of the proprietor of Pewter Platter Tavern in Philadelphia. Enoch was a co-founder of the Pennsylvania Mercury, 1755; served the British during their occupation of Philadelphia, 1777–78; was attainted of treason; and sought refuge in England. Lorenzo Sabine, Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution (Boston, 1864), II, 337.