Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to William Strahan, 19 July 1751

To William Strahan

MS not found; reprinted from Bigelow, Works (Federal Edition, 1904), XII, 253.

Philadelphia, July 19, 1751

Dear Sir,

This serves to cover the enclosed3 and recommend the affair to your care. I have assured the gentlemen concerned that you will serve them as well and cheap as any bookseller in London. They are men of ability, and will be constant customers.

We are all well, and join in the most cordial salutations to you, Mrs. Strahan, and your children. I am, dear sir, yours affectionately,

B Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Not found, but probably an order for books from the Trenton Library Company, established 1751 by a gift of £500 from Dr. Thomas Cadwalader (see above, I, 209 n), first burgess of the town, 1746–50, and a founder and director of Lib. Co. Phila. Charles W. Dulles, “Sketch of the Life of Dr. Thomas Cadwalader,” PMHB, XXVII (1903), 272. See also below, p. 281.

Footnotes 4, 5, and 6 overleaf.

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