Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Ezra Stiles, 7 March 1766

From Ezra Stiles

ALS: Yale University Library

Newport March. 7th. 1766.

Dear Sir

This waits upon you by Dr. Grant,2 with whom I have had the pleasure of an acquaintance during his Residence in Newport the winter past. He was educated at Aberdeen and received the Finishings in Medical Literature at Edinburgh and Paris. Your Reputation in the learned World excites a Curiosity in Gentlemen of Taste and Erudition to be known especially to one of your Humanity and Politeness. Permit me therefore to ask your kind Notice of my amiable Friend, in addition to the numerous Favors by which you have condescended to make me, my Dear Sir, Your most affectionate Friend and obliged humble Servant

Ezra Stiles

To Dr. Benja. Franklin FRS. London

Endorsed: By Dr Grant who sailed on Board the America 9th. Mar. 1766.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2In the absence of a first name it appears impossible to identify this person among the many Grants listed as having attended the University of Aberdeen. Stiles’s Literary Diary and Itineraries mention no visitor to Newport named Grant during the winter of 1765–66.

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