The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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I am in tolarable Health but my Daughter is sick all most all the hott wether Looses her Apitite & is Exeding weak She seems however now to be groing a litle beter. She Desiers her Duty. my Respectful complements to all to whome it may be Agreable & love to the children

from your Affectionat Sister

JANE MECOM

per favour of Mr Williams


"Three Medals"

[Here first printed from the letter-press copy in the Library of Congress. The medal struck in 1782 "to commemorate our two important Victories," Saratoga and Yorktown, and that struck in 1784 by "a private Friend," who was Augustin Dupré, are reproduced and described in Benjamin Franklin and his Circle, a catalogue of an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in May-September 1936 and published that year by the Museum. The Lodge of the Nine Sisters (Neuf Soeurs), the Freemasons of Paris, struck two medals each bearing a bust of Franklin: one engraved by Pingret to commemorate Franklin initiation as a Master Mason of the Lodge in 1778, and the other engraved by Bernier and issued to commemorate the peace in 1783. W. T. R. Marvin, The Medals of the Masonic Fraternity ( Boston, 1880), p. 40. Dupré struck in 1786 another medal of Franklin. William S. Appleton , Augustin Dupré and his Work for America ( Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1890), pp. 4-6. Josiah Flagg, returning to Boston with this letter to Jane Mecom, took with him a certificate which has hitherto been printed only in the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, XXVI ( 1873), 249. It is here printed from the manuscript signed by Franklin now in the Harvard School of Business Administration, Howard Corning's office.

"This is to certify whom it may concern, that Josiah Flagg has lived with me near Five Months, being employ'd as a Clerk and Accountant, and has behav'd with great Ability, Diligence and Fidelity, so as to give me perfect Satisfactions. Philadelphia, Sept 4. 1786.

B. FRANKLIN

"This Testimony is given unask'd."]

Philada Sept. 4. 1786

DEAR SISTER,

Your Grandson being about to return home, I cannot let him depart without a Line to you, tho' having written lately I have

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