Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Hunter, Jr., 23 August 1781

From James Hunter, Jr.4

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Fredericksburg 23d August 1781


Mrs. Strange5 requesting me to forward to your Care, any Letters from hence, I have to entreat your Pardon for the Trouble of the enclosed; being very respectfully Sir Your mo. Obt. hble Servt.

James Hunter Junr.

Notation: Hunter. 23. August 1781.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Hunter (1746–1788) was a merchant, planter, and owner of a ferry: Donald Jackson et al., eds., The Diaries of George Washington (6 vols., Charlottesville, 1976–79), I, 296n; W. W. Abbot, ed., The Papers of George Washington: Confederation Series (6 vols., Charlottesville, 1992–97), V, 11n. He wrote an almost identical letter on Aug. 27 and a similar one, but from Richmond, on March 28, 1783 (APS).

5If indeed he means “Mrs.” and not an abbreviation for “Messieurs,” the only Mrs. Strange we know of is Isabella Strange, wife of the engraver Robert Strange (XXXIII, 226n; XXX, 256n). She recently had returned from Paris to London, but none of her letters from this period are extant: James Dennistoun, Memoirs of Sir Robert Strange … (2 vols., London, 1855), II, 183. There was in fact a James Strange of Richmond who ten years later had business dealings with Thomas Jefferson: Jefferson Papers, XX, 390; XXII, 201, 203–4, 444; XXVII, 805.

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