The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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my Daughters is still very sick, but allways Desiers her Duty to you.

Your Affectionat Sister

JANE MECOM


"We are apt to forget that we are grown old"

[First printed by Bigelow, Works, IX, 341-342, from the letter-press copy in the Library of Congress; here printed from the original, now in the American Philosophical Society. The "Cousin" of this letter was John Williams.]

Philada Sept. 21. 1786

MY DEAR SISTER,

I received your kind Letter of the 25th past by our Cousin Williams, who besides informs me of your Welfare, which gives me great Pleasure.

Your Grandson having finished all the Business I had to employ him in, set out for Boston a few Days before Cousin Williams arrived. I suppose he may be with you before this time.

I had begun to build two good Houses next the Street instead of three old Ones, which I pulled down. But my Neighbors disputing my Bounds, I have been obliged to postpone till that Dispute is settled by Law. In the mean time, the Workmen & Materials being ready, I have ordered an Addition to the House I live in, it being too small for our growing Family. There are a good many Hands employ'd, and I hope to see it cover'd in before Winter. I propose to have in it a long Room for my Library and Instruments, with two good Bedchambers and two Garrets. The Library is to be even with the Floor of my best old Chamber: & the Story under it will for the present be employ'd only to hold Wood, but may be made into Rooms hereafter. This Addition is on the Side next the River.--I hardly know how to justify building a Library at an Age that will so soon oblige me to quit it; but we are apt to forget that we are grown old, and Building is an Amusement.

I think you will do well to instruct your Grandson in the Art

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