From Mary Stevenson
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Kensington, Jan. 17. 1765
My dear Sir
You express’d an intention to pay us a visit the latter end of this week, and as I should be sorry to be disappointed of the pleasure of your company when you come, I write this to inform that we have an engagement of a long standing for to-morrow, and the next day we expect company to dine with us, which makes me wish you to defer coming till the beginning of the week. I did not tell your intention to my Aunt8 as I thought it was not certain you would put it in execution.
Give my duty to my dear Mother, and believe me to be with perfect Esteem Dear Sir Your affectionate humble Servant
Addressed: To / Dr Franklin / Craven Street / in the / Strand / Thursday Morn: / Jan: 17.
8. Polly Stevenson was living at Kensington with her aunts, Mrs. Tickell and Mrs. Rooke. The former is probably intended here.