The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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who now Lives at New york is going to Philadelphia in about a month Prehaps I may write by him, but if I Should not as I doubt not but he will call on you I would now Inform you that He is a Reputable young man was brought up a merchant has been a Number of years a Princeple in Partnership with Cox & Berry, & has Acquiered somthing conciderable, has married in England a Reputable young Lady with a Prity Litle Fourtin has all ways been good to his Parents His mother you know was Sister Davinports Daughter.

My Neibour Mrs Walker has made a Request to me which I could not Refuse & shall Inclose you her Billit I think she ought to have mend the Perticulars of Plate but Prehaps she did not know, she is Left very Destitute Exept she can Recover her thirds of there Estate at Canedy & she says she does not know how to git there. they were forcd to sell most of there Plate and Furniture to Live on,

my Daughter & my Self continue in beter Helth than Usal Prehaps the Extroidenary Exercise has been servicable to us.

I am as Ever, my Dear Brother

your Affectionat Sister

JANE MECOM

Recd Under Cover and Forwarded by

Your most Hum Serv

New York Sep 15 1788 John Rogers


"The Finest children in Philadelphia"

[Printed first, and hitherto only, in Duane, Letters to Benjamin Franklin, pp. 169-171. Here printed, with some corrections, from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. Franklin's missing letter of September 16 seems to have announced the birth of Sarah Bache, born on the 12th of that month. She was her mother's eighth and last child. The third, named Sarah, had died in infancy. The "serts of yr son Williams the Governors Knolton" were former servants (named Knowlton) of Governor William Franklin, and were now employed by John Rogers, grandson of Sarah Franklin Davenport.]

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