The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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withstanding we hope There Future Benifit & Saif Ret[urn] will be occasion of Joy to all there Friends

Josiah says He fears nothing He shall ha[ve] to Incounter so much as your Disaprobatio[n] of His Sceme, He Expects you will advise Him to Return in the [first] Ship, yet He cant conqu[er] His Inclineation. I tell Him you have seen s[o] much of the Follies of Human Nature & so L[ittle] Els in the comon Run of man kind, that you will know Beter how to Pitty & Advice Him

[?] a Rumer Hear that you have mett with some [?] Treetment & I cant Help being conserned about [?] forbad me, I Fansey by this time you have [found there?] are more wicked folks in the world than [you thou]ght there was; & that thay are capeble of Doing [? ]rt, I Pray God to Preserve yr Usefull Life among them & that Every Good man may not be Distroyed from of the Face of the Earth.

I am Desiered by a Lady of my Acquaintanc to send for the Pamphlit Discribed by this note & says if I will send for two she will make me a Present of won, she is won I should be Glad to oblige & think it may be Agreable to me to have won. [?] beg the favour of you to send a cople if to be had

Cousin Josiah will be Able to Inform you Every thing that conserns me that will be Agreable to you to know [so?] that I need not make my Leter more Lengthy & only add that I am with much fear about yr wellfare

Yr Ever Affectionat Sister
J[ANE MECOM]


"I am obnoxious enough here already"

[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. George Whitefield had died in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on September 30 of that year. The letter Franklin had written to Philadelphia may have been that to the Committee of Merchants in that town, dated July 9, 1769, which was first printed in Sparks, Works, VII, 445- 446, and reprinted in Smyth, Writings, V, 220-221.]

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