From Anthony Tissington
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Alfreton 17th May 1767.
When I wrote last to you I do not remember;9 as I’ve been hurried about, so as Scarce to sit down since I saw you last: but remembering that you talked of leaving England this Summer; along with Mr. Paxton,1 who has not [illegible], I want to learn your Motions; that if you shou’d once more make me happy here, I may know how to govern my own, and not be miserable by being out of the way.
At your leasure let me hear, of your Health; your movements; your time of Stay in England; and how Mrs. Stephenson does; to whom, and to your self, my Wife, Who is much better, Joins me in best Wishes.
Inclos’d I send you Copies of two Estimates of Fire Engines,2 as Erected in Derbyshire.
I beleive we shall preserve our mineral Liberties, whole and entire;3 that compleated, I am determined to set down in quiet, and pursue my own favourite studies; or remove to my Farm in East-Florida,4 and call [upon] you in my passage, and am Dear Sir Yours Entirely and allways
Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin Esqr / in Craven street Strand / London
9. On January 20; above, p. 11.
1. Not identified.
2. That is, steam engines.
3. On the disputes in Derbyshire over mineral rights, see above, XIII, 403 and notes.
4. Tissington was one of sixteen men in Great Britain who received grants of 10,000 acres each in East Florida in December 1766. Acts Privy Coun., Col., V, 590.