THE year 1739 was one of new experiences for Charles and Alice Read, new work, a new home, and a new son. The record of their first years in Burlington, however, is not as complete as we would wish. The precise place of their residence is not known. As yet, apparently, they did not own any property in the town; probably at first they rented a house.
To the young couple in the succeeding years came the normal joys and cares that attend the founding of a home and the raising of a family. Their first-born was more than two years old before they took him on April 19, 1742, to St. Mary's Church and had him christened "Charles," with benefit of formal Episcopalian rites.1 The birth of two other sons-- Jacob in 1742, and James, brought increased home cares. The infant James survived the critical second summer, then fell "very ill with his teeth," and died, after suffering "several fitts."2
After coming to Burlington, Read lost no time in broadening his interests, both public and private. Not content with his dual office of court clerk and collector of customs, he began to deal in lands and in lumber, and as we have seen, was soon seeking other public offices. Some idea of life in the Read household through these years is suggested by the scraps of information which have survived. Quite naturally, old ties with friends and relatives in Philadelphia were closely maintained. Read continued to purchase books and stationery at Benjamin Franklin's shop, where, like his father, he kept an open account.3 On July 2, 1745, he stood in debt to Franklin____________________
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