The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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of Stationery which will go per the next Ship. I am glad to hear he is industrious and frugal, and that you like his Wife: I make no doubt, that with those Qualities, & the Advantage of so discreet a Partner, he will do well in the World, which will give me great Pleasure.

Billy presents his Duty to you & Brother, & joins with me in Love to you all. He last Week put on the Gown as a Lawyer, being call'd to the Bar in Westminster Hall. He was enter'd of the Middle Temple some Years before we came over. I am, my dear Sister,

Your affectionate Brother

B FRANKLIN


"The four American Shares"

[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. The "Cousin Fisher" mentioned was Mary Fisher, daughter of Josiah Franklin's eldest brother Thomas. Benjamin Franklin had met both her and her husband, Richard Fisher, at Wellingborough in Northamptonshire in the summer of 1758. "Cousin Samuel Franklin" was the son of Franklin's Uncle Benjamin and lived in Boston.]

London, July 14. 1759

DEAR SISTER,

I received your kind Letter of Jany 31. You are very good in not resenting some Part of my Letter of September 16. which I confess was a little rude; but you fatfolks can't bear Malice.

Our Cousin Fisher & her Husband are both dead since I saw them. She surviv'd him but a few Days. What she had in her Disposal was but little; and it was divided into 7 equal Shares, among seven of us who were her Relations in equal Degree, viz. three here in England 1. Mrs Ann Farrow Daughter of our Uncle John Franklin; 2 Mrs Eleanor Morris, Daughter of our Aunt Hannah: 3. My self.--And four in America, 1. Cousin Samuel Franklin. 2 Sister Dowse. 3. Brother Peter. 4. Yourself.--Each Share was just £11.8.4 Sterling. I divided what came to me equally between Mrs Farrow & Mrs Morris, the two Cousins here, they being ancient Women &

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