Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Catharine Greene, 8 May 1782

From Catharine Greene

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Warwick May the 8th 1782

My Very Dear friend

I do my Self the Pleasure to write you though I know of no opportunity to Send it. But a few days a go the inclosed6 was Sent to be forwade to you and as Im fond of writing to My Dear friend I have taken the incloseing of it upon my Self I Some Since wrote you of the Same Person by his mothers Request which if it has Come to hand Doubt not but you have taken Care about him.7 I have a favor to ask of the Same Nature Sister Hubbarts yongest Son a Lad of about 13 years old is a Prisoner in Ireland taken with Capt Rathbone from Boston Poor Child we Should be Glad to have him Restord again he is Very yong to go into the World.8

Your Dear Sister I Visited yesterday She injoys great health for a Person of her age But She has met with a Shock in the Death of Mrs Greene who Died of a Short Consumption a bout 4 weeks a go9 that we did not expeckt She would have Survived but a Very little while her anxtiety was So great for her but She bears it beyond what we expeckted She left 3 Children the yonget a bout 8 or 10 weeks old at Nurs the name Jane the other 2 fine Children at home Sally and Franklin1 Poor Girl we all lovd and lament her.

My Spoues and Children are well that are at home we expeckt Ray from Colledge in a few days he is under Doctr Stiles they Say he is a good Scholar and behaves well2 our yongest Son at lattin School a bout Seven miles from home our eldest Daughter has 2 of the finest boys you would wish to See our yongest lives with us Single as a good girl oght to do3 except all there love with mine and Best wishes for yr health and hapiness and a Safe Return to America. The last letter I was favord with from you was Recomending the two Jermin Colonels4 we Sent them a kind invitation to our house but they was So attentive to there Regiments that they never did us the Pleasure of there Company I hope there good mama will have them Restord to her again they are Spoke of in Newport as Very Worthy officers So are the whole army from the Generalls to the Privats they are heartily wisht for again.

How does our Dear Temple and Beney do Sister Mecom and my Self talke of them Some times and wish to know of there improvements but more to See them but the Dear Lady tis So long Since She has had a line from you that She Can Scarcly Speak of you with out a tear She does not Doubt but you have wrote but tis more than 12 months Since She has Receivd a line from you but from you throw Mr Willms a Very handsom Present which was Very acceptable as She had with the Rest of us lost by Paper money5 the family are Very tender of her She is So fond of the Children that I fear it will be a Disadvantage to both She thinks She Cant leave them to Visit us Scarcely.

Mr Elery6 writes Mr Greene when there is any letters from you and how well and Strong yr facultis Continue. Pray Shew us by a few lines you dont know what a New Spring it would give us when is this Cruel War to be at an end you know you used to be a Conjurer— You are Willing by this I Should Subcribe my Self your Very affectionate friend

Caty Greene

Doctr Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Alice Freeborn’s letter of May 4, above.

7Greene wrote about Isaac Allen the previous October: XXXV, 570–1.

8Judith Ray Hubbart’s son Samuel had been transferred to Mill Prison; see his letter of March 20, above.

9Jane Mecom had turned 70 shortly before her granddaughter Jane Flagg Greene died on April 6, 1782: I, lxi.

1Sally was four years old, and Franklin would be two in September: XXXIV, 202n.

2Ray was at Yale College, where Ezra Stiles was president: XXXIV, 218n.

3The Greenes’ youngest son was Samuel. The eldest daughter, Phebe Ward, had sons William and Samuel. The Greenes’ youngest daughter was Celia: XXXVI, 202n; Catharine Greene to BF, [June 25], below.

4BF’s letter has not been found. It concerned Christian and Guillaume, comtes de Deux-Ponts, the sons of the duchesse douairière de Deux-Ponts: XXXV, 188.

5BF had instructed JW in December, 1780, to send Mecom a package of items she could sell; see XXXV, 666n. It consisted of “Silk for Cloaks &c. Gauze, Lace Ribbon, Linnen, & Cambrick”: JW to WTF, March 2, 1782 (APS).

6William Ellery (ANB) was at that time a congressional delegate representing Rhode Island: Smith, Letters, XVIII, xxii.

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