Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Ezra Stiles, 30 November 1765

From Ezra Stiles

Letterbook copy: Yale University Library

Newport 30 Novr 1765

Dear Sir

The inclosed is the Copy of a Letter I delivered on the 16th. Inst. to be conveyed by a Vessel bound to Falmouth, which is not yet sailed, but continues at Providence.2 On the 22d. Inst. I received your Letter of 5th July with the Diploma from the University of Edinburgh.3 I have prepared the Letters in Acknowledgment of this unexpected Honor, and shall forward them to you in a Ship here Capt. Gardner expecting to sail next Week for London.4 This I send to New York, to be sent in the Pacquet. With sincere Gratitude, I am Dear Sir, Your most obedient Very humble servant

Ezra Stiles

To Dr. Franklin London

Endorsed: Sent to New York by a Vessel which sail’d Decr 1. 1765. March 13. 1767. A Copy of5

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Not found, but see above, pp. 330–7, for four drafts of a letter one version of which may have been the letter referred to here. The vessel was the Hannah, Captain Dinmore, which later came down from Providence to Newport but did not sail for Falmouth until December 14; see above, p. 385 n.

3See above, pp. 194–6.

4See above, pp. 384–5, for Stiles’s letter of acknowledgment to BF and the memorandum in the final note to that letter that Captain Gardner did not sail from Newport to London until December 29.

5Stiles never completed this notation.

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