Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Richard Jackson, [27 July? 1771]

From Richard Jackson

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Hedly3 Saturday Night [July 27?,4 1771]

Dear Sir

Does it suit you to go to Ireland with me in a week, a fortnight, or three weeks?5 I am sorry you leave London so soon, fearing as I do I may chance to miss seeing you. I wish much to hear from you a few of the Particulars you have heard of the Voyage of the Endeavour and of the Observations of the Passengers. I will try to see you before you leave London, but as I may chance not to be able to come to Town till Wednesday, I should take it as a great favor to receive a Word on the Subject in writing in a Letter to Southampton Buildings. I am Dear Sir yours sincerely

Rd Jackson

Addressed: To / Benjn Franklin Esq / at Mrs Stephensons / Craven Street / Strand / London / from R Jackson

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Presumably either Headley, Surrey, or Headley, Hants.

4The approximate time of year is established by the Endeavour’s return on July 16 from her voyage around the world. BF planned to leave for Twyford on Tuesday the 30th; see his letter to Shipley above, July 25. Jackson, doubtless because he knew of the plan, expected to miss him in town on Wednesday, and hence was probably writing on the previous Saturday night. In that case BF answered immediately: an item in a loose bill among his papers is for a letter sent to Jackson on the 28th.

5The answer turned out to be a month: the two left for their Irish tour on Aug. 25.

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