Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Joseph Galloway, 14 January 1767

From Joseph Galloway

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philada. Jany. [14, 17675]

Dear Friend—

I wrote you a Short letter a few days [ago per] Mr. Brown,6 nor can I write you a long one now. This is chiefly to acknowledge the receipt of your Obliging Favor of the 8th of Novr.

We have indeed been plentifully bespatterd by the Malice of our Enemies. And as you Observe our Consolation must be, that we do not Deserve it. I can assure my Friend, their Abuse gave me very little uneasiness though on the Spot, and even when I knew not its Effect. And I am sure from my Own knowledge of you, it has had the same Effect with you. Let us forgive them, if they can forgive themselves on solid and cool reflection or if you please even Let us thank them; For certain it is, that their Detraction and Slander has raised us higher up in the Esteem of our Friends than before and I believe in that of Some who knew us not.

Shoud any thing arise during this Sitting of Assembly,7 I shall not fail to communicate it by the next Opportunity. In the Interim Believe me My Dear Friend Yours very Affectionately

Jos. Galloway

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5The corner of the sheet is torn off, causing the loss of the day and year in the date line and some words at the end of the first line of the text. The year is established by Galloway’s clear reference to BF’s letter of Nov. 8, 1766 (above, XIII, 487–8). In his letter of April 14, 1767 (below, p. 122) BF acknowledges letters from Galloway of January 11 and 14. These were almost certainly the letters mentioned here as sent by Ephraim Brown “a few days” earlier (not found), and the present one.

6Ephraim Brown was Peter Franklin’s adopted son. He had arrived in Ireland by early March and in April took a job, which BF procured for him, in William Strahan’s printing office. See above, XII, 78 n; XIII, 389–91; and below, pp. 100–1.

7The Assembly convened on Jan. 5, 1767, but no quorum was secured until Jan. 9, 1767. 8 Pa. Arch., VII, 5948.

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