Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from William Strahan, 27 December 1760

From William Strahan

AL: American Philosophical Society

Saturday Evening Decr. 27. [1760?]8

Mr. Strahan’s respectful Compliments to Dr. Franklin—called to know how he does, and to reproach him (gently) for not calling in New Street to see his Wife,9 who he told him last Monday Sevenight was to be in Town the following Thursday—Is afraid he will, at least, do himself no good by feasting every Day, as he is informed he hath done for some time past, and therefore wishes him to come soon and have one meagre Day in New Street.

Addressed: To / Dr. Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8December 27 fell on Saturday in 1760 and again in 1766. There is no evidence showing to which year this note belongs; it is printed here in accordance with the general principle of placing a document at the earliest of all possible dates.

9Strahan had moved his family in 1748 to a house in New Street, between Shoe Lane and Fetter Lane, north of, and roughly parallel to Fleet Street. Later he erected a large printing house nearby. [Richard A. Austen-Leigh], The Story of a Printing House Being a Short Account of the Strahans and Spottiswoodes (London, 1912), pp. 2–4, 11–14.

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