From Anthony Tissington
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Hercules Pillars5 27th Octor 1769
I got here last Wednesday Evening, am at present closely engag’d in what brought me to Town, but in a day or two, hope to wait upon you, in the Interim, let the penny Post tell me if you and Mrs. Stevenson are well.
My Wife is much recover’d, and talk’d of sending Mrs. Stevenson, a Stubble Goose6 by this Weeks Carrier, which I hope will get safe and sweet tomorrow. My Compliments to Mrs. Stevenson, and I am Dear Sir Your most oblig’d
Addressed: To / Benjamin Franklin Esqr / at Mrs Stevensons in Craven Street / Strand
5. A small inn or public house at Hyde Park Corner, a little west of Hamilton Place, which acquired literary fame when Squire Weston put up his horses there while pursuing Tom Jones. Henry B. Wheatley, London Past and Present … (3 vols., London, 1891), II, 211.
6. For his wife and her illness see his letter to BF above, June 13. A stubble goose is one that is full-grown: it has lived long enough to feed on the stubble.