The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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Sarahs Eldest Daughter he has Left two Daughters won in England.

I only my constant wishes for the mitigation of yr Pains that you may Injoy grater Tranquility & a firm Asureance of Eternal Happines, Remember me Affectionatly to yr Famely yr affectiont sister

JANE MECOM


"Sometimes better, sometimes worse"

[First printed in Bigelow, Works, x, 149-150, from the letter-press copy in the Library of Congress. Here printed from the letter sent, of which only the signature is in Franklin's hand, now in the Yale University Library. The letter was addressed to Unity Street and carried by John Williams.]

Philada Octr 19--1789

DEAR SISTER,

I received your kind Letter of September the 10th by Cousin John Williams. I have also received & paid your Bill, and am pleased that you added to it on Account of your Wood; As to my Health it continues as usual, sometimes better, sometimes worse; & with respect to the Happiness hereafter which you mention I have no Doubts about it, confiding as I do in the Goodness of that Being who thro' so long a Life has conducted me with so many Instances of it.--This Family joins in best Wishes of Happiness to you & youths with

Your affectionate Brother

B FRANKLIN

Mrs Mecom


"Chearfull & as merry"

[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. The sermon which Jane Mecom sent was, it is supposed, A Sermon, on sacred musick, preached at a singing lecture in Braintree, on the 21st of May, 1788, from Ephesians v. 19. . . . By Ezra Weld, v. d. m. pastor of the second society in said town. Springfield: Printed by Ezra Waldo Weld. 1789. (Title from Charles Evans, American Bibli

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