The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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Josiah, who is on the point of going, will get safe & well to his Friends. I send this Line by him just to let you know that I continue well, and that I am ever

Your affectionate Brother
B FRANKLIN


"1773 is my Period for visiting Boston"

[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. The expression "sailed in Asworth" meant sailed in the ship commanded by Captain Asworth.]

London, April 13. 1772

DEAR SISTER,

I received your kind Letter by Mrs Wright, and shall do her all the Service in my Power. I think I wrote to you by Cousin Josiah, who sailed in Asworth last Week, and I hope will get safe home to his Friends. I continue well, and purpose returning this Summer, God willing, and then may hope next year for the Pleasure of seeing you, as 1773 is my Period for visiting Boston, having left it in 1723, and visited it in 1733, 43, 53, & 63.--My Love to your Daughter, and best Wishes of Health and Happiness to you and all you love, from

Your affectionate Brother
B FRANKLIN


Deborah Franklin to Jane Mecom

[Here first printed from a manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. The questioned date is in another hand, but cannot be far wrong. Franklin had urged Richard Bache not to seek a government post and had given him £200 with which to open a store in Philadelphia. Deborah Franklin had received a letter from Jane Mecom with a "bundel" for her son Benjamin, whose wife ("Cusin Betsey") had brought her child, probably the baby named John Ross, to dinner. The "Governor and his ladey?" were William Franklin and his wife. "Brother Davenporte" was James Davenport in Boston. "Polley" was probably the former maid who had left Philadelphia with Ephraim Brown. Peter was Jane Mecom's distracted son Peter Franklin. "Mrs Defeld" was Mrs. Edward Duffield.]

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