small crutch made on Purpose to m[ould] it & keep it smoth on the top take care to let your Frame stand on a Level let care be taken when it is in that it Is not Jogd nor any thing fall in it to Brake the Surface, in the morning it will be cool anouf to cut up if it should stand too long it will be Dificult & also if you cut it too warm it will not be Smoth apt to warp & crack, when you are going to cut it take out the taks un Key your frame & take it of. Peal down the Lining quite to the boton Plank and mark it all Round the thickness of Each cake with a Marker made on Purpose with spears in it when you have Leveled the top mark it a long Exactly in midle or a crose the size of the cakes, & if you have a [word cut off margin] stamp stamp it, then Proceed to cut of the whole slab with a small wier fixed to a round stick at Each End to Pull by, then hold it up on Edg and cut it throw Length ways Laying won half at a time in a gage made on Purpose Just the thicknes of the cake with the stamp Downwards and Smoth it to a Level then lay it on a table to be cut in to Seperat cakes & Proceed to do the other in like manner.
If for sale as Each cake ought to be of Equal weight we have a small gage to Put Each in & Pare it fitt
"The idea of my Son Franky"
[Printed first in Sparks, Familiar Letters, pp. 145-147, from which it is here reprinted. With it is printed a fragment of the draft which Franklin kept and which is now in the American Philosophical Society. The "pleasant companion" with whom Franklin had recently traveled was