The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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"Bad Weather does not last always in any Country

[Reproduced in facsimile in the Library Bulletin 1944 of the American Philosophical Society, from the manuscript in the Society, and first printed in Carl Van Doren, Benjamin Franklin's Authobiographical Writings, p. 346. The "Head they make here and sell at the China Shops" was presumably the Wedgwood portrait medallion of Franklin of 1775.]

London, Feb. 26. 1775

DEAR SISTER,

I hope you continue well, as I do, Thanks to God.--Be of good Courage. Bad Weather does not last always in any Country.--Supposing it may be agreable to you, I send you a Head they make here and sell at the China Shops. My Love to your Children, & to Cousin Williams and Family. I am ever

Your Affectionate Brother
B FRANKLIN


"God Apeared for us & drove them back"

[Here first printed in full from the manuscript in the Yale University Library. Franklin, accompanied by William Temple Franklin, son of William Franklin, had arrived in Philadelphia on May 5. His letter to his sister of February 26 had been sent by Josiah Quincy Jr., "Poor Quensey" in her spelling, who had died on April 26 on his voyage home. In the turmoil after Lexington and Concord Jane Mecom, with her granddaughter Jane Flagg, had been invited to take refuge with the William Greenes at Warwick, Rhode Island, where the house was crowded with relatives from Boston. Catharine Greene's sister, Judith Ray, had been married to Thomas Hubbart of Boston, whose mother after her first husband's death had married John Franklin, Jane Mecom's brother. Though Judith Ray Hubbart had died on March 8 of that year, the general family relationship had not been affected. Thomas Hubbart had not come to Warwick, but his sister Susannah ("Suckey") Hubbart was expected; and so was another sister, Elizabeth Hubbart Partridge ("Patridg," "Pateridg"). "Old Mr Gough & wife" were Captain James Gooch, who was a half-brother of Elizabeth Gooch (Hubbart) Franklin, and his third wife, Elizabeth Craister, who was not the mother of his son William Gooch. The younger Gooch had been married to Deborah Hubbart, a daughter of Judith Ray Hubbart, on May 31, 1770. His wife had come to Warwick, and he too was expected. The daughter of Elizabeth Partridge was actually her stepdaughter, Rebecca, born to Captain Samuel Partridge by an earlier

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