[Here first printed from a corrected copy, in another hand, in the Yale University Library. The copyist wrote "Wood" in mistake for Ward; Jane Mecom had traveled from Philadelphia to Rhode Island in the company of Major Samuel Ward. She could not help thinking that if her granddaughter Jane Flagg Greene had had so good a nurse as Sarah Bache's, Mrs. Ashmead, the "poor child" might not have had so long an illness. The greetings to "brave Will" and "dear little Sally" were to Sarah Bache's children. They had not returned to Philadelphia from the country till the past October.]
Warwick, January 17, 1779
DEAR MRS BACHE.
I have so often written to you, and had no answers. I inquired of every one that I have seen from Philadelphia concerning you, and can hear nothing about you and the little ones. I begin to conclude you are not returned to the City. I have frequently heard of Mr. Bache being there, whose business might call him, but none could say they had seen his wife. I am so anxious to hear how you all are, and in what condition you found your house &c. after the enemy left it; also, what you hear from your father and son; that I cannot neglect this favorable opportunity by my friend and fellow traveller Major Wood [ Ward], to beg you to write a long letter, and tell me all about every thing you know I wish to hear concerning your own family, and your acquaintances whom you know I loved when there; they are too numerous for me to particularize, in the haste I am obliged to write and the weather so very cold. I don't doubt but you may write under more favorable circumstances, a good fire, a warm room and nobody to interrupt you: a good fire I have, but it is not sufficient to keep my old hands warm when writing.
I have the pleasure of hearing of my brother's health and fine spirits; but I have no letter since Mr Simeon Deane came; and I don't know that he has ever received but one of a great many letters I wrote him. Remember me respectfully to all who inquire after me, not forgetting good Mrs. Ashmead. I wish I had her for my grand-daughter: if she could be happy, she
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Publication information: Book title: The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom. Contributors: Carl Van Doren - Editor, Benjamin Franklin - Author, Jane Mecom - Author. Publisher: Princeton University Press. Place of publication: Princeton, NJ. Publication year: 1950. Page number: 187.