The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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"Excuse the shortness of this"

[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. "Cousin Benjn" was Benny Mecom. William Franklin, appointed royal governor of New Jersey, had not accompanied his father home.]

Philada Nov. 11. 1762.

DEAR SISTER,

I received your kind Letter of the 1st Instant. It was on that Day I had the great Happiness of finding my Family well at my own House after so long an Absence.--I am well except a little Touch of the Gout, which my Friends say is no Disease.-- Cousin Benjn has been to see me as you supposed, & yesterday he return'd homewards.--My Love to Brother Mecom & your Children. Excuse the shortness of this, as my Time is much taken up at present. I am, my dear Sister,

Your affectionate Brother

B FRANKLIN

Billy stays in England

a little longer

My Wife can't write now

but sends her Love


"The Promotion & Marriage"

[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. William Franklin, now promoted to his governorship, had been married to Elizabeth Downes of Barbados in London on September 4.]

Philada NOV. 25. 1762

DEAR SISTER,

I thank you for your obliging Letter of the 12th Instant. -- My Wife says she will write to you largely by next Post, being at present short of Time. -- As to the Promotion & Marriage you mention, I shall now only say that the Lady is of so amiable a Character, that the latter gives me more Pleasure than the former, tho' I have no doubt but that he will make as good a Governor as Husband: for he has good Principles & good Dis-

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