Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Anthony Tissington, 17 May 1767

From Anthony Tissington

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Alfreton 17th May 1767.

Dear Sir

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

Anth Tissington

Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin Esqr / in Craven street Strand / London

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9On January 20; above, p. 11.

1Not identified.

2That is, steam engines.

3On the disputes in Derbyshire over mineral rights, see above, XIII, 403 and notes.

4Tissington 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.

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