The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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I have wrote & spelt this very badly but as it is to won who I am shure will make all Reasonable allowances for me and not let any won Els see it I shall renter to send it & subscrib my self yr Ever affectionat Sister

JANE MECOM

When I read this over I see so many buts I am ashamed Place them to the old accompt This was wrote some time ago but His Honour is still uncertain when He shall go & there is some things in this I want you should know I send it by this opertunity

J M


Jane Mecom to Deborah Franklin

[Printed first in Duane, Letters to Benjamin Franklin, pp. 186-188. The manuscript, in the American Philosophical Society, is now in bad condition, probably worse than it was when printed by Duane. The letter is here printed from the manuscript so far as possible, with illegible words supplied in square brackets from the Duane text, which itself is corrected from the legible parts of the manuscript. Deborah Franklin's letter acknowledged by Jane Mecom had been brought to Boston by Josiah Franklin Davenport, Jane Mecom's nephew. He and his wife Sarah Billings had gone to Philadelphia, where he was at first a baker, in September 1749. Of Jane Mecom's two daughters, it was Mary who had suffered from a "Painfull Deseas" and Jane from a "Languishing." Deborah Franklin's old friend Mrs. Smith died on March 22, 1766. Duane, Letters to Benjamin Franklin, p. 28. The threat to Franklin's house is told in a letter from Deborah Franklin to her husband, dated September 22, 1765, printed in part in Duane, pp. 16-18. "Cousen Griffith," whose child had died in Boston, was the daughter of Sarah Franklin Davenport and the wife of John Griffith. "Cousen Holmes are all well" referred to the family of William ("Billey") Homes, whose wife had a small child. "Cousen Willames," who looked as if she might have two children, was the wife of Jonathan Williams Sr., and Jane Mecom's niece. "Cousen Sally," to whom Jane Mecom sent her love, was Sarah Franklin.]

Feb.27, 1766.

DEAR SISTER

Yr kind Leter I recd by Post the same week [cousin Daven]port came to Town & acknolidg yr Goodness with the Sinsearest Gratitude. I sent the Leter to Cousen williams [to] Read & He

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