To Mary Stevenson
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Cravenstreet May 10. 62
I received this Morning my dear Polley’s kind Present of two Tickets for the Latin Play at Hackney,3 enclos’d in her agreable little Letter of the 8th. for both which she will please to accept my Thanks.4 I am oblig’d also to Mrs. Tickell and to her for the kind Invitation of Dining on the Day of the Play. But I think we are engag’d for that Day to Dine at Hackney at Mr. Sylvanus Bevan’s,5 who invited us sometime since desiring we would fix a Day, and last Week we wrote him that we would wait on him Saturday the 15th. Instant, if convenient to him. If he writes in Answer, that he shall expect us on that Day, we must go; and shall go from his House to see the Play. But if that Appointment should not take Place, (which I shall know to day) then I believe we shall not see the Play, but return the Tickets. I have not yet communicated the Invitation to dine at Wanstead to the Person you mention,6 to whom I am sure it ought to be extreamly agreable, so can say nothing from him. Mama is well and sends her Love, &c. My best Respects to Mrs. Tickell, and believe me ever My dear Friend, Yours affectionately
Love to Mrs. Rooke and to Pittey.7
3. Hackney is a northeastern borough of London, the site of many fine residences in the eighteenth century. What the Latin play was and whether BF attended it is not known.
4. Not found.
5. Sylvanus Bevan, a wealthy London Quaker apothecary; above, VIII, 437 n.
6. Probably WF.
7. Polly’s friend, Miss Pitt, whose first name never happens to be mentioned in any of the letters between BF and Polly.