From William Strahan
ALS: American Philosophical Society
New Street Thursday Afternoon [May, 1773?7]
Dont forget your Appointment tomorrow at 3, or soon after. I send you herewith the 10th. Vol. of the Statutes; but the American Tea Act is not yet printed, but will be done in a Day or two. I am Dear Sir Most affectionately Yours
Addressed: To / Dr. Franklin / Craven Street
[In another hand] At Mr Nelson’s / In Bush Lane / Scotch Yard / Cannon Street.
7. So dated on the assumption the “American Tea Act” to which Strahan refers was not the minor statute of 1772 but the famous one, 13 Geo. III, c. 44, which became law on May 10, 1773; Strahan, according to custom, printed it as a separate pamphlet. The tenth volume of Statutes at Large, to which he also refers, had been published more than two years earlier: London Chron., March 19–21, 1771.