The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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Discoveries you are makeing for yr fellow men, I wish our Poor Distracted State would atend to the many good Lesons which have been frequently Publishd for there Instruction, but we seem to want Wisdom to Giued, & honesty to comply with our Duty, & so keep allways in a Flame.

I have wrot you since my Grandson was hear he went to Lancaster & I have not heard from him since I porpose to Learn him the Art of makeing the Crown Soap if I can git an opertunity my Daugter is no beter & I am as usal allways yr thankfull & affectionat Sister


My love to yr
children & Grandchildren

"A man that made yr stickado"

[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. The original is undated and unsigned, and the conjectured date is in another hand. The letter was evidently written after Jane Mecom received Franklin's letter of September 21 about firewood, which she did not mention in her letter of October 12. Though Thomas Foot is here said to have made Franklin a sticcado, a kind of xylophone, on Franklin's last visit to Boston, which was in 1763, nothing further is known of the instrument. Foot, who had been "burst," that is, ruptured, seems later to have improved his fortunes, for the Boston Directory of 1796 indicates that he then had a shop of his own, as a cabinet maker, in Creek Square.]

[Between Oct. 12 & Nov. 5. 1786?]

My Dear Brother often minds me that he would Prevent my haveing a Anxous thought and Indeed you do it Efectualy; my Situation in Life has Taught me all Ways to live Frugaly and in that way I am contented,

and tho you are at all times makeing such Ample Provision for me I do not think it Right to be Profuse; but have allways keept it in my Power to make my self comfortable and have done so, besides supling my grandaughter Jenny Mecom with most of her cloathing as she is very Atentive to me, but as the old saying is I cut my coat according to my cloath, I do not


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