Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Shipley, [1772?]: résumé

From Jonathan Shipley

AL: University of Pennsylvania Library

<Monday evening, [1772?5], a note in the third person and in the Bishop’s hand. He and his family will call upon him with Lord and Lady Spencer6 tomorrow evening between seven and eight.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Our guess about the year is based on the slender clue of squirrels. DF had sent some as pets; they arrived in January, and by August were great favorites in the Shipley and Spencer households. BF to DF above, Jan. 28, Aug. 22. We are conjecturing that the gift was the reason for the Shipleys’ and Spencers’ call.

6For the Spencers see the August letter just cited.

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