From William Strahan
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Sunday Even. 9 o’Clock [February 4, 1770?5]
I inclose this unfinished that I may have your Opinion whether it is, or is not, the thing. I can add or alter what you shall point out. Please to let me have it early in the Morning. I will call in the Afternoon and bring it with me finished, with what I can recollect of Politics, and of that Days Debate.6 Pray send also the other Paper for the Chronicle which we must have very early, or it will not be time enough.7 I am sorry I missed you in the House of Lords.8 I am Dear Sir Your most obedient Servant
5. The letter mentions four things: an essay, apparently by Strahan, that cannot be identified; a debate in Parliament; a contribution by BF to the London Chron.; a session of the House of Lords that Strahan attended. The last three, as noted below, would have been natural references in a letter written on the day we have assigned.
6. Perhaps the debate in the House of Commons, Feb. 5, on Wilkes’s expulsion; see Cobbett, Parliamentary History, XVI, 830–1.
7. Perhaps BF’s brief tribute to Pownall, printed on the first page of the London Chron., Feb. 6–8; see below.
8. Perhaps the debate on the night of Feb. 2–3 on Wilkes’s expulsion; see Cobbett, op. cit., XVI, 814–30. Whether or not BF attended, Strahan did: “Correspondence between William Strahan and David Hall, 1763–1777,” PMHB, XI (1887), 108–9.