Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Joshua Babcock, 10 November 1763

To Joshua Babcock

ALS: Yale University Library

Philada. Nov. 10. 1763

Dear Friend

Your Goodnature will be pleas’d to hear that your Guests went on well after they left you. We got early into New York the next Morning;9 staid there one Day, had a Pleasant Passage over the Bay the next Morning; spent some time with Friends in different Places of the Jerseys, and got safe and well home on Saturday Evening, where we had the additional Happiness of finding all well. Sally joins in grateful Remembrance of your many Civilities and Kindnesses to us, at your House and on the Road; and in best Wishes of every Felicity to you and yours. Our Respects to good Mrs. Babcock, the Colonel and your other Children.1 By next Post you will hear from Mr. Foxcroft and me;2 he presents his Compliments. I am, with sincerest Esteem and Affection, Dear Sir Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Addressed: To / Joshua Babcock Esqr / Westerly / Rhodeisland / Free / B Franklin

Endorsed: B. Franklin of 10 Novr. 63 of his Arrival at Philadelphia

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9This statement, in conjunction with BF’s letter to Jane Mecom, November 7 (above, p. 362), makes clear that Babcock, and probably his wife, had accompanied the Franklin party from Westerly to New London and New Haven and then for another day’s journey before they separated on October 30, one night away from New York City.

1For Babcock’s children, see above, IX, 397 n.

2Not found; the communication probably related to Babcock’s appointment as postmaster at Westerly, presumably discussed during the visit at his home.

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