The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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theless take this Opertunity to Inform you that I am well, have got so far over my Lamenes as to be Able to walk much about as well as I could before I fell, but you know that was but Poorly, as you could out walk me by a Grat Deal, we shall Nither of us now I beleve Atain to what my Brother writs me of Himself that He has Lately walkd ten miles without Resting, & is in fine Helth which I am shure you & I Joyn in Blessing God for. Mrs Foxcroft & my self have often Pleasd ourselves with Talking of Litle King Bird she Agrees with us that He is an Extroydnary Fine child God Bless Him, may He live to be a Blessing to Grand Papah & all the Rest, I Love Every won I had any Acquaintanc with at Philadelphia, so as far as my Respects or complements will be Acceptable Pray Present them from

yr affectionat Sister
JANE MECOM

turn over [to postscript on other side of sheet] you wrot me you had a Pare of Buter Boats of chinels of yr own manifactor to send me but wanted an opertunity I beg you would not forgit them, I should be very fond of them, if you give them to any master of a vesel that traids there Directed to Cousen williams & a Leter with them I Dont Doubt they will take care to Diliver to me & then I shall git them. Jeney sends her Duty

J M


"For Makeing Crown Soap"

[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. Franklin asked for this recipe in his letter of July 17, 1771, and on January 13, 1772, thanked his sister for it. On October 27, 1785, he told her it had been lost, and asked her for another copy. With her letter of January 6, 1786, she sent the copy, which is very defective but of which the surviving fragment is printed with that letter. The present version has only now been identified as by Jane Mecom. The drawings at the end appear to be by Franklin and the words "hand Gauge" are almost certainly written by him. It is not clear what the notation "72--4" under Jane Mecom's title means, but the "72" presumably refers to the year he received or acknowledged it.]

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