Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Anthony Tissington, 20 January 1767

From Anthony Tissington

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Alfreton 20th. Jany 1767

Dear Sir

My last1 told you of an hare; Yesterday she was returnd me hither as no Carriage could pass, and I send this to prevent you the trouble of inquiring; We have yet no passage in the Country; no post from North or South since last Wednesday, but hope for one today as roads are cutting thro’ the snow.2

The Winter is now calm, the sky clear; the frost severe; and the Glass rising gradually; so that this weather seems to be Set in; and I may perhaps pay you a visit, and return hither before the frost break. I purpose to set out on Thursday, and be in Town on Saturday next if I can3 and am Joind by my wife in best wishes to you and Mrs. Stephenson. Dear Friend Yours all ways

Anth Tissington

Mr. Gell our Attorney dyed Suddenly last Thursday so that I come alone to be both [torn] and Attorney.

Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin Esqr / at Mrs Stephensons in Craven Street in / the Strand / London

1Apparently a lost letter, probably written in early January and certainly after Tissington’s of Aug. 30, 1766; above, XIII, 402–3.

2London Chron. of January 1767 is filled with accounts of stormy weather and of coaches stranded in the snows.

3Tissington may have been coming to London in connection with a dispute over mining duties to which he had contributed a pamphlet in 1766; see above, XIII, 403 n. While there he may have appeared at the Royal Society as a member for the first time (the date of his admission is given as 1767), to which BF had recommended him on June 20, 1766; above, VIII, 358.

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