The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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You dont say a word of coming home now are we never to see you more your Friends there & hear will be cuttin out work for you to keep you there if you Dont Force your self away my Daughter & Grandaughter send there Duty & be Asured

I am as Ever with the gratest Reason your

Gratefull and Affectionat Sister

JANE MECOM


"By the Marquis La Fayette"

[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical
Society. Lafayette had returned to America for a visit of six months to
his friends from Virginia to Boston, and sailed homeward from New
York on December 21, 1784. In this letter Jane Mecom for the second
time compared the disorder from which she suffered with that of Jona-
than Swift, which ended in total insanity. Acting on Jane Mecom's
suggestion about the work of "Samuel Stnnett," Franklin on March 18,
1785, wrote to Richard Price asking him to make "a List of a few good
Books, to the Value of about Twenty-five Pounds, such as are most
proper to inculcate Principles of sound Religion and just Government."
A newly erected township in Massachusetts had chosen the name of
Franklin and had asked him for a donation for a bell for the church.
Franklin had advised them to accept "Books instead of a Bell, Sense
being preferable to Sound. . . . Besides your own Works, I would only
mention, on the Recommendation of my sister, 'Stennet's Discourses
on Personal Religion,' which may be one Book of the Number, if you
know and approve of it." Samuel Stennett ( 1728-1795) was a Baptist
minister in London.]

Boston Octr 21-1784

DEAR BROTHER

I propose to Send this by the Marquis La Fayette He is much Hond and Caressd among us. I wish I was capeble of filling it with a Subject worthy your Atention, but I can only write what throw your Affection for me will be Pleasing, I am now Pritily settled have had two Rooms New Papered an Painted, have Procurd some conveniances for my own Chamber (for you know I Lost allmost every thing when the Town was Ravged) that if I should be confined

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