girl So is mine . . . . . . of each other . . . . . . love to . . . . . . him Nancy . . . . . . [affec]tionate friend [as long as life]
[ CATY GREENE]
"God bless those two good ones!"
[Printed first in Roelker, Benjamin Franklin and Catharine Ray Greene, pp. 56-57, and here printed again from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. Samuel Ward ( 1725- 1776), former governor of Rhode Island, married to Catharine Greene's sister Anne, had been serving with Franklin in the Second Continental Congress.]
Philada Aug. 2. 1775
MY DEAR SISTER
Last Night I received with great Pleasure your kind Letter of July 14. with the most agreable Additions from Mr & Mrs Green. God bless those two good ones!
The Congress has adjourned this morning to the 5th of September. I have now upon my Hands the Settling a new General Post Office, and a Treaty to be held with the Indians on the Ohio, besides smaller Businesses, all to be transacted by the time the Congress meets again. Govr Ward is just setting out, and I cannot send this by him if I enlarge. My Love to your Friends, from
Your affectionate Brother
Sally & Mr Bache send their Love
I think you had best come
hither as soon as the Heats
are over, i.e. sometime in
September, but more of this
in my next.
"In order to take you home with me"
[Printed first in Carl Van Doren, Benjamin Franklin's Autobiographical Writings, p. 412, from the manuscript in the American Philosophical