Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to William Greene, 19 July 1763

To William Greene

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Providence July 19. 1763

Dear Sir

From the very hospitable and kind Treatment we met with at your House I must think it will be agreable to you to hear that your Guests got well in before the Rain.9 We hope you and Mrs. Green were likewise safe at home before Night, and found all well. We all join in the most cordial Thanks and best Wishes, and shall be glad on every Occasion to hear of the Welfare of you and yours.

I beg you would present our Compliments to your good Neighbour Capt. Fry,1 and tell him we shall always retain a grateful Remembrance of his Civilities.

The Soreness in my Breast seems to diminish hourly. Rest and Temperance I ascribe it to chiefly, tho’ the Bleeding, &c. had doubtless some Share in the Effect. We purpose setting out to go to Wrentham this Afternoon, in order to make an easy Day’s Journey into Boston to morrow. Present our Respects to Mrs. Ray,2 and believe me, with much Esteem, Dear Sir, Your obliged, and most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9For BF’s visit with William and Catharine Greene at Cowesett, R.I., July 13?–18, 1763, which was unfortunately marred by a fall which injured his shoulder, see above, ibid.

1Capt. Thomas Fry (1691–1782) was the husband of William Greene’s aunt Mary. Louise B. Clarke, The Greenes of Rhode Island (N.Y., 1903), pp. 113–14.

2Deborah Greene Ray was Catharine Greene’s mother and a first cousin of William Greene’s father. She died, Dec. 11, 1763. Ibid., p. 101.

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