From William Strahan
ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
London August 26. 1752
I was favoured with yours of June 20, inclosing a Bill for £50 for the Library Company of Philadelphia, which is paid, and an Order for some Books from them, which I have sent as on the preceding Leaf,1 amounting to £48 9s. 0d. So that I remain indebted to them .£1 11s. 0d. I have sent every thing that could be procured, except Catesby’s Carolina Coloured,2 which as it is a very dear Book, (no less than £18) and consequently much exceeded the £50, (which you desire me not to do) I have omitted. Savary3 is publishing in Numbers, but I fancy the Society would rather have it all at once, and not peacemale. Please let me know by your next. I am very much obliged to you for your kind Recommendation, and hope the Prices are such as will give Satisfaction. I am sure they are as low as can be afforded. If there are any Mistakes, they shall be rectified next Occasion. Mean time, with my Complements to the Society, I remain Dear Sir Your obliged and obedient Servant
Addressed: To Mr Franklin at Philadelphia By the Peak Bay Captain Stirling Q.D.C.4
Invoice of Books for the Library Company of Philadelphia shipt on board the Peak Bay Captain Stirling August 22. 1752
1. Here printed immediately below.
2. Mark Catesby, The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (2 vols. and supplement, London, 1731–48). Catesby etched the 220 handsome folio plates of American birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, and plants from his own paintings, and supervised the tinting of the first copies. DAB.
3. Malachy Postlethwayt, The Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce, translated from the French of the celebrated Monsieur Savary … with large additions … and the laws, customs and usages to which all traders are subject (2 vols., London, 1751–55). First published at Paris, 1723, this translation appeared in parts, and was usually bound as Postlethwayt’s Dictionary.
4. 4. Q.D.C.: possibly quarter deck cargo.