The Tallys are found
By Ruth Herman
I hope you are well enough to come out today dear Lady Cowper and if are at liberty I shall be mighty glad of your company to dine with me when you will find nobody but your friends and humble servants Mr and Mrs Clayton and Doctor Clarke . We can’t dine until three o clock. It was my mistake concerning the tallys. I thought there wanted one, not minding that one of them was notched on both sides.
 Dr Samuel Clarke, (1675–1729), theologian and philosopher, mathematician and close colleague of Sir Isaac Newton. He was famous as a distinguished scholar, Church of England cleric and was renowned as a scholar throughout Europe. Politically he was a committed Whig which no doubt made him an ideal dinner companion for Sarah.