The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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chuse to compliment them with a Resignation, rather liking that they should take upon themselves the Shame of depriving me. They have done me honour by turning me out, and I will take care they shall not disgrace me by putting me in again.

All this to yourself.--To the World such Declarations might seem incredible, & a meer puffing of ones own Character: therefore, my dear Sister, show this to no body: I write it meerly for your Satisfaction; and that you may not be disturb'd by such Idle Reports.

I am ever,
Your affectionate Brother
B FRANKLIN

The Inclos'd Pamphlets were encourag'd by me, being written by Friends of mine, and printed at my Expense.


"I shall stay here another Winter"

[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society.]

London, Sept. 3. 1774

DEAR SISTER,

Hearing just now of this Opportunity, I write a Line to acquaint you that I am well and hearty, Thanks to God, as I hope you are.

It seems likely now that I shall stay here another Winter; you will therefore be kind in continuing to write to me--

My Love to Jenney &c. I am ever

Your affectionate Brother
B FRANKLIN


"I am anxious to preserve your good Opinion"

[A part of this letter was first printed in Sparks, Familiar Letters, pp. 150-151, as "To a Friend in America"; and again in Sparks, Works, VIII, 136-137, as to Jane Mecom. It was first printed in full in Carl Van Doren , Benjamin Franklin's Autobiographical Writings, pp. 341-

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