[Printed first, and hitherto only, in Sparks, Familiar Letters, pp. 43- 44, and now reprinted from Sparks. The Earl of Loudoun was then commander in chief of the British forces in North America.]
New York, 12 July, 1756
I am still here, waiting the arrival of Lord Loudoun. I received yours of the 5th instant, and shall forward the letter to Benny. I would not have you grieve about the affair; perhaps all is for the best. When I get home, I shall send you his letters for your full satisfaction.
My love to brother, and your children.
I am, dear sister,
Your loving brother,
[Printed first in Sparks, Familiar Letters, p. 47, and here from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. Benjamin Mecom's settlement of his account with his uncle included a bond signed on December 27 of that year saying that the nephew owed Franklin £100 sterling but that on payment of half the amount, with interest, on December 27, 1757, the whole indebtedness would be discharged. The bond, signed by Mecom in the presence of Mary Smith and William Franklin, was never paid and is still among the Franklin papers in the American Philosophical Society. Franklin in his will of April 28, 1757, bequeathed the bond to Benjamin, which meant that the debt would be forgiven.]
Philada Dec. 30. 1756.
DEAR BROTHER & SISTER
You will receive this by the Hand of your Son Benjamin, on whose safe Return from the West Indies I sincerely congratulate you.--He has settled Accounts with me, & paid the Ballance honourably. He has also clear'd the old Printing House to himself, and sent it to Boston, where he purposes to set up his Business together with Bookselling, which, consider-