The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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I send the Leter also by Him for tho I was tould Major Shaw was going to Philadelphia I hear since he goes no farther than Newyork, yours Affectionatly

JANE MECOM

favor'd by Capt Rich


"I am told it is fine"

[Here first printed from a copy, in another hand, in the Library of Congress. "Our little Girl" was Deborah Bache, then eight years old.]

Phil. Nov. 30. 1789

Mrs Mecom

DR SISTER

I wrote you by Cousin Jn Wms which I hope you have reed. I have since sent you a Barrel of Flour for your Winter Puddings. I am told it is fine & wish it may prove so. This Family is in good Health & joins in love to you. Our love to Cousin Williams & Family

I am ever

yr affec. Brother

B. FRANKLIN

P.S. Our little Girl has had the small Pox very favorably by Inoculation & is perfectly recover'd.

Mrs Jane Mecom


"It is founded on Falsehood"

[The second and third paragraphs of this letter were first printed in William Temple Franklin edition of his grandfather's Private Correspondence, 1 ( 1817), 125 (later called Volume ii of W. T. Franklin, Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin, LL. D.); and so reprinted by subsequent editors. It is here first printed entire from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. The cod's "Sounds" for which Franklin asked were the fish's swimming bladders. The famous, and fabulous, autobiography of Baron Trenck appeared in German ( Des Friedrichs Freyherrn von der Trenck Merkwürdige Lebensgeshichte) in 1786- 1787 and in French ( La Vie de FrédéricBaron de Trenck

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