From William Strahan
AL: American Philosophical Society
Monday 1/2 past 3. [October 1767–17745]
Mr. Strahan presents his best Compliments to Dr. Franklin—hears by his Daughter that he is going into the Country tomorrow,6 and therefore would be glad to see him tonight if he is disengaged. If the Dr. is not going abroad; will call on him about 8. If he is, will be glad that he would call in New Street.
Addressed: To / Dr. Franklin / Craven Street
5. There is considerably less certainty about the dating of this note than there is about that of Mrs. Stevenson’s letter immediately above. Strahan seems to have been writing on the afternoon before BF’s departure on a country visit. This could have been almost any of his short excursions from London during his second mission; but when Mrs. Stevenson reported his calling during BF’s absence (in the letter above) she intimated that he knew of the proposed trip and was only surprised that BF had gone off so early in the day. On the basis of this slight hint and in the absence of any more satisfactory suggestion, this note is placed here.
6. Strahan’s pronouns in third-person notes are sometimes troublesome. He was apparently trying to say here that his daughter (Peggy Strahan, BF’s “little Wife”) had told her father of BF’s intended departure for the country.