From [Joseph] Johnson8
AL: American Philosophical Society
Paternoster row Nov 4. 1766.
J. Johnson’s compliments to Dr. Francklin and sends those MSS for his inspection by order of Dr. Priestley who will esteem himself much oblig’d to the Dr. for looking over them as soon as possible.
Addressed: To Dr. Francklin
8. Joseph Johnson (1738–1809), bookseller and printer and in his later years deemed “the father of the book trade,” was one of the publishers of Joseph Priestley’s The History and Present State of Electricity, which had been put to press by Sept. 21, 1766 (see above, p. 421). Priestley continued to conduct experiments and incorporate their results in his book as it was being printed and the manuscripts which Johnson asks BF in this note to examine may be an account of one of Priestley’s experiments. DNB.