Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to William Strahan, 23 November 1748

To William Strahan

ALS: Buffalo Historical Society

Philada. Nov. 23. 1748

Dear Sir

I have just Time to acquaint you that yours per Cowie is this moment come to hand, with Mr. Read’s Account &c.5 I shall use my best Endeavours to get your Money, and am not without Hopes of Succeeding. I wrote you the 19th past,6 and sent a Power with the first of the enclos’d Certificates, which I hope will get safe to hand. You may depend on having the Ballance of my Account in a few Months. I am, Sir, Your obliged humble Servant

B Franklin

I have desired Dr. Mitchel to pay you 3 Guineas, being the Price of a Fireplace sent him for the D. of Argyle.7

Mr. Strahan

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5On James Read’s account, see above, p. 316.

6See above, p. 321.

7Archibald Campbell, third Duke of Argyll (1682–1761). He began building Inveraray Castle, 1745, but did not live to complete it. The Franklin stove was probably for one of his other houses. DNB; William Rhind, ed., The Scottish Tourist (9th edit., Edinburgh, [1845]), p. 158. Dr. John Mitchell was a correspondent of the duke, for whom he collected plants and seeds, and was his traveling companion in 1748–49. Darlington, Memorials, p. 366; see above, I, 415 n.

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