Father Franklin Died Jany 17 1744 my Dear mother Died May 8 1752 my Eldest son Ed mecom Died Decr 7-1758 Janeuary the 18 1762 this morning Died a worthy & Dutifull Son Ebenezer mecom June the 12-1764 Died a Beloved & Deservedly Lamented Daughter Sarah Flagg. She has Left four Children. Jane. Mary Josiah & Sarah: Novr 9-1764 Died under my Care my Daughter flaggs youngest Child aged 17 months.
March 1765 begining Died my Daughter Flagg Second Daughter Polly a sober Plesant Child Sepr 11-1765 God sees meet to follow me with Repeeted corrections this morning 3 oclock Died my husband in a Stedy hope of a happy hear after September 19-1767 at my Nantuckett at the House and under the most Affectionat care of my Dear Friend Kezia Coffin Died my Dear & Beloved Daughter Polly Mecom.
The Lord Giveth & the Lord taketh away oh may I never be so Rebelious as to Refuse Acquesing & & saying from my hart Blessed be the Name of the Lord.
[An excerpt from this letter was printed in Sparks, Familiar Letters, 22n. It was first printed entire in Goodman, A Benjamin Franklin Reader, pp. 761-762. It is here printed again from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. Franklin paper On Smuggling, published in the London Chronicle on November 24, 1767, had been written at the country house, at Richmond in Surrey, of Grey Cooper, then secretary of the treasury.]
DEAR SISTER London, Dec. 24. 1767
I have received yours of Oct. 23. and condole with you most affectionately in the Affliction you must have suffered by the Loss of so valuable and so amiable a Child. The longer we live we are expos'd to more of these strokes of Providence: but tho' we consider them as such, and know it is our Duty to submit to the Divine Will, yet when it comes to our Turn to bear what so