rence with the present Measures merit any Court Favour, nor accept of any if it were offered me, which however is not at all likely to happen.
Mrs Stevenson presents her Respects to you. Her Daughter Mrs Hewson, who lost her Husband in May, has lately got a third Child, a Girl, born 5 Months after its Father's Death: A melancholy Circumstance!--But her Aunt, a Sister of Mrs Stevenson, dying lately, and leaving her Fortune to Mrs Hewson, which was considerable, puts her into easy Circumstances, and will enable her to bring up her Children decently.
As those here who most interest themselves in behalf of America, conceive that my being present at the Arrival of the Proceedings of the Congress & the Meeting of Parliament, may be of Use, I submit to their Judgment, and think it now likely that I shall not return till Spring.
Jonathan joins me in Love to you and yours. My love to his Family, & to Dr Cooper.--I am ever,
My dear Sister,
Your affectionate Brother
"My only comfort is God Reigns"
[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. Franklin had sent his sister the pamphlet Of the Stilling of Waves by means of Oil published that year. The Reverend Charles Chauncy was minister of the First Church of Boston. John Mecom's widow Catherine had been married at New York on June 19, 1774, to Thomas Turner. Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Newspaper Extracts, x, 410. Turner, of the British 47th (or Lancashire) Regiment, had been commissioned adjutant on May 28, 1768, ensign on December 17, 1772. He became lieutenant November 22, 1775. W. C. Ford, British Officers serving in the American Revolution, 1774-1783 ( 1897). A letter from Catherine Turner to Franklin, dated Leigh, Lancashire, April 7, 1783, said that Lieutenant Turner had been wounded at "Lexenton and at Bunkers hill," had never recovered from his wounds, and had died in Lancashire in June 1782. Her letter, hinting at possible help but not asking