From Anthony Tissington
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Alfreton 20th. Jany 1767
My last1 told you of an hare; Yesterday she was returnd me hither as no Carriage could pass, and I send this to prevent you the trouble of inquiring; We have yet no passage in the Country; no post from North or South since last Wednesday, but hope for one today as roads are cutting thro’ the snow.2
The Winter is now calm, the sky clear; the frost severe; and the Glass rising gradually; so that this weather seems to be Set in; and I may perhaps pay you a visit, and return hither before the frost break. I purpose to set out on Thursday, and be in Town on Saturday next if I can3 and am Joind by my wife in best wishes to you and Mrs. Stephenson. Dear Friend Yours all ways
Mr. Gell our Attorney dyed Suddenly last Thursday so that I come alone to be both [torn] and Attorney.
Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin Esqr / at Mrs Stephensons in Craven Street in / the Strand / London
1. Apparently a lost letter, probably written in early January and certainly after Tissington’s of Aug. 30, 1766; above, XIII, 402–3.
2. London Chron. of January 1767 is filled with accounts of stormy weather and of coaches stranded in the snows.
3. Tissington may have been coming to London in connection with a dispute over mining duties to which he had contributed a pamphlet in 1766; see above, XIII, 403 n. While there he may have appeared at the Royal Society as a member for the first time (the date of his admission is given as 1767), to which BF had recommended him on June 20, 1766; above, VIII, 358.