The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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Baches hands who I know would faveour me so much but I have wrot to her since I came home & had no Ansure which was won Reason of my Delay but I know she is well or Cousen Williams would have Informed me.

present Respects & Complements to all who Inquier affter your

Affectionat Aunt
JANE MECOM


"So difficult to hear from Each other"

[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. Ralph Izard suspected Franklin of trying to further the fortunes of his grandnephew Jonathan Williams Jr. Jonathan Williams Sr. took care of the house in Unity Street, belonging to Franklin, of which the rent had been set aside for the support of Peter Mecom and now since his death went to his mother. The "Inventor" of crown soap was apparently her brother John Franklin. Benjamin Mecom's daughter Jane, having been for a time with strangers, was now with Jane Collas in Cambridge.]

Warwick Dcr 29--1780

DEAR BROTHER

I have many Lonely Hours to bewail the Distance betwen us which makes it so difficult to hear from Each other, it is now seven months since I recved a line from you & that was very short, Just Informing me of yr Helth & that you had reed a Small Parsel of Soap, it was Dated March 5th but that you would write more largly by the Aliance which would Sail in a few Days, but I reed none in her nor since, I some times hear by the Publick you are well for which I thank God & Pray for the coninueance of boath Life & Helth, I profess to Govern my Life & action by the Rules laid down in the scripture, & that I find, full of Prayer as well as Praise for our selves and others, with grat confiedence that God will hear & do whatsoever is best for His Cretures & most for His own Glory, & Every Christian Prays with that submishion & a dependance on His Spirit to Direct there Prayrs aright; I Long much for yr Return to your Native Country while I live to Enjoy yr company, but

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