The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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Postmaster General and Manager of the Posts in North America, Foxcroft concerned particularly with the service in Virginia and southward.]

Philada May 20. 1763

DEAR SISTER

I am just return'd from Virginia, & find your Favour of April 11. I purpose setting out with my Colleague Mr Foxcroft for New England, the Beginning of next Month, & hope soon for the Pleasure of seeing you; but have no Expectation of bringing my Dame to undertake such a Journey; and have not yet ask'd her Opinion of Sally going.-- My Love to Brother & your Children. I am,

Your affectionate Brother

B FRANKLIN


"I purpose to lodge at your House"

[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. "Cousin Williams," Jonathan Williams Sr., was married to Franklin's niece Grace Harris, daughter of Anne Franklin Harris. Benjamin Mecom had then failed in Boston and had set up in New York at "The Modern Printing-Office on Rotten Row." John Mecom was in New York with his brother. Sally's "Brother at Amboy" was Governor William Franklin, and Betsey was Elizabeth, wife of Benjamin Mecom. The Boston Evening-Post for July 25 announced the arrival of Franklin and Foxcroft on the afternoon of the 20th.]

New York, June 19. 1763

DEAR SISTER,

We are thus far on our Way to Boston, and hope to be there in about three Weeks.-- I purpose to lodge at your House if you can conveniently receive me. Sally is now with her Brother at Amboy, and will be here in a few Days. If I can well do it, I shall bring her with me; and if you cannot accommodate us both, one of us may lodge at Cousin Williams's; -- on second Thoughts, it will be best that she should be there, as there is a Harpsichord; & I would not have her lose her Practice:-- and then I shall be more with my dear Sister.-- I have seen Cousins Benny & Johny here, and they are both well, & the Children;

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