Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Josiah Quincy, 27 November 1755

To Josiah Quincy

ALS: Massachusetts Historical Society

Philada. Nov. 27. 1755

Dear Sir

I condole with you sincerely on your late heavy Losses, particularly that of your most valuable and dear Companion of Life.5

I have been so excessively hurried since I saw you, and Mr. Allen generally in the Country, that we have not yet finish’d your Affair,6 which I am however asham’d of, as it might be done in half an hour. I shall no longer postpone it, and hope per next Post to acquaint you with the Conclusion.

My respectful Compliments to your amiable Daughter and sensible Sons,7 and believe me to be, with great Regard, Dear Sir, Your most humble Servant

B Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Quincy’s wife, Hannah Sturgis, died Aug. 9, 1755; he remarried the following February. Sibley’s Harvard Graduates, VIII, 463–75. The other “heavy Losses” are not known.

6Probably a reference to the settlement of accounts between the Pennsylvania Loan Office and Massachusetts. See above, pp. 4–7.

7Hannah Quincy, who married Bela Lincoln; Edmund, Samuel, and Josiah, Jr. The last-named was a friend and correspondent of BF, 1774–75.

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