The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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Glad to know I have not recd but won Leter since I came home I Inclose won for them which Please to send

Present my Respects to Every Inquiering Friend & Beleve me to be as Ever

yr affectionat Sister
JANE MECOM

Since I wrot the above I have recd yrs of Sept 29 wherin you tell me our [dear] child has been sick thank God he has Recovered I dont Doubt they are all very happy at yr sons my Love to them when they come home yr Leter was Brought me by a Negro who Did not know the man that gave it Him so I Dont know . . . . . . the Bonitt as to the coat of . . . . . . osed of it as I was sorry . . . . . . as soon as my Leter was Gone

Loving Sister
JANE MECOM


"With much fear about yr wellfare"

[Here first printed from a defective manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. The missing words or letters, along the margins of the original, are either supplied in this text from fairly certain conjecture or else indicated by question marks. Jane Mecom's date does not give the year, and the "Sep 25. 1770" is in another hand. The correction was made, presumably, because Franklin in his letter of July 17, 1771, gave the date as September 25, though his sister plainly wrote "Sepr 22." The grounds of her anxiety over Franklin appear in his reply of November 7, 1770. The "well Respected & much Esteemed Kinsmen" by whom she sent her letter were her grandnephews Josiah and Jonathan Williams, sons of Jonathan Williams Sr. Josiah's "Sceme" was to study music with Franklin's friend John Stanley, the blind organist of the Inner Temple.]

Boston Sepr 22 [1770]

Sep 25. 1770

I have trobled my Ever Dear Brother [with] Several Leters since I have had the Pl[easure of] won from Him but cannot omit Ading won [more] by my well Respected & much Esteemed Kinsmen whome wee all Part from with Regrett not

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