The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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New thing the other was not so much Noticed in our Papers, you will I hope Next Spring have the Pleasur of seeing it yr self, it is Realy a charming Place they have Leveled the Riseing Ground that Led to it & Nicely Paved it, that at some Distance as you Aproach to it it is a Beautiful Sight with a Litle Vilidg at the other End the Buldings all New the Prospect on Each Side is Delight full, I frequent go on the Hill for sake of the Prospect & the walk, & if I tell you I have wonce walkd over I sopose you wont allow it as grat a feeat as yr walking ten miles befor Breakfast, but I am strongly Inclined to Alow it my self, all circumstances considered, It is thought the Tol gatherers Recved yesterday being Comencement Day five Hundred Dolars, Prehaps it may only be an Extravagant Geus,

I beleve Josiah is quite a Proficient in your new mode of Spelling he has wrot me a Leter I beleve Perfectly Right I can Read it very well but Dare not atempt to wright it I have such a Poor Fackulty at making Leters; I think Sir & madam were deficient in Sagasity that they could not find out y f as well as Bety, but some times the Betys has the Brightst understanding.

Dr Price thinks Thousands of Boyles Clarks and Newtons have Probably been lost to the world, and lived and died in Ignorance and meanness, mearly for want of being Placed in favourable Situations, and Injoying Proper Advantages, very few we know is Able to beat thro all Impedements and Arive to any Grat Degre of superiority in Understanding

My Health is Tolarable, the Rest of the Famely as Usal, all Joyn in the most Affectionat Remembrance of you & yours with yr affectionit Sister

JANE MECOM


Jane Mecom to Josiah Flagg

[Printed first, and hitherto only, in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, XXVII, 250-251, from the manuscript in the New England Historic Genealogical Society which had received it from descendants of Josiah Flagg; here printed again from the manuscript. It is evident that Jane Mecom had received other letters from Josiah since his letter of April 17, which could not have been called long. "Mr

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