Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Catharine Greene, 25 November 1762

To Catharine Greene4

Copy: American Philosophical Society

Philada: Nov 25th. 1762.

My Dear Friend.

I received your kind congratulations on my return,5 and thank you cordially. It gives me great pleasure to hear you are married and live happily. You are a good Girl for complying with so essential a duty, and God will bless you. Make my compliments acceptable to your spouse; and fulfil your promise of writing to me; and let me know everything that has happened to you and your friends since my Departure, for I interest myself as much as ever in whatever relates to your Happiness. My best Respects to your Brother and Sister Ward, and Compliments on his advancement to the Government of your Colony;6 and believe me ever, My Dear Caty Your affectionate Friend and humble servant

B Franklin.

My wife and Daughter join in presenting their Respects.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Catharine Ray, the sprightly young lady whom BF had met in Boston in the autumn of 1754 (above, V, 502 n), had married her second cousin William Greene, Jr., April 30, 1758, and was living in his family home at Warwick, R.I. She had written BF in 1758, presumably telling of her impending marriage; DF had forwarded the letter but it never reached him; see above, VIII, 94.

5Not found.

6Her sister Anna was the wife of Samuel Ward (1725–1776), who was elected governor of R.I. in 1762. BF had sent him some seeds of broom corn in 1757; above, VII, 154–5.

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