From Mary Rich2
AL: American Philosophical Society
Sir Robert Rich’s, in Grosvener Square
Janry. 10th. [1767?3]
If Doctor Franklin is in England Miss Rich begs the favour of him to call upon her some morning about Eleven o’clock, if it be not inconvenient to him.
2. On Mary Rich, daughter of one Sir Robert Rich and sister of another, see above, XIII, 548 n.
3. While this note could have been written during any January when BF was in England through 1769, the year of Miss Rich’s death, 1767, seems as probable as any year because of her expressed uncertainty as to BF’s whereabouts. In the summer of 1766 he had traveled extensively in Germany, and later that year had often mentioned in letters to Philadelphia his intention of returning home in the near future. Whatever the year, however, the first six words of Miss Rich’s note seem rather unnecessary.