To Joshua Babcock4
ALS: Yale University Library
Philada. Dec. 16. 1762.
I thank you most cordially for your kind Congratulations on my Arrival, which I have the more Pleasure in, as among my other Friends, I find you and yours alive and well: I rejoice with you likewise in the safe Return of your two valuable Sons, to whom, on Account of their own Merit as well as the Obligations I am under to you, I wish it had been in my Power to have been any way serviceable.5 Be so good as to assure them of my best Respects and Wishes, which also attend Mrs. Babcock and the other Branches of your good Family. I hope to have the Pleasure next Summer of seeing you all once more, in a Journey I purpose to Boston. I shall ever retain a grateful Remembrance of your Hospitality, and of the pleasing Hours I have pass’d in your Conversation and with your most agreable Family; and I long for a Repetition of that delightful Entertainment. Please to remember me affectionately to the good Samaritans;6 and do me the Justice to believe me ever, with the sincerest Esteem and Respect, Dear Sir, Your most obliged and most obedient humble Servant
Honble Joshua Babcock Esqr
Endorsed: Ben Franklin Esq Decr. 16. 1762 recd. 6 Jany 1763
4. On Joshua Babcock (1707–1783) of Westerly, R.I., physician, merchant, and public official, see above, VI, 174 n. BF often enjoyed his hospitality when passing through Westerly on journeys to or from Boston.
5. Two of Babcock’s sons had called upon BF in London the year before; see above, IX, 397 n.
6. Probably Samuel and Anna Ward of Westerly and Rev. Nathaniel Eeles of Stonington, Conn., or “the charitable Misses Stanton,” relatives of Mrs. Babcock, to whom he sent greetings through Catharine Ray in 1757. See above, VII, 143.