The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

By Carl Van Doren; Benjamin Franklin et al. | Go to book overview
Save to active project

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

JANE MECOM

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

-284-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 382

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?