The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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any thing, but have not since heard from you. I think so many People must be a great Burthen to that hospitable House; and I wish you to be other wise provided for as soon as possible, and I wish for the Pleasure of your Company, but I know not how long we may be allowed to continue in Quiet here if I stay here, nor how soon I may be ordered from hence; nor how convenient or inconvenient it may be for you to come hither, leaving your Goods as I suppose you have in Boston. My son tells me he has invited you to Amboy: Perhaps that may be a Retreat less liable to Disturbance than this: God only knows, but you must judge. Let me know however if I can render you any Service; and in what way. You know it will give me Pleasure. I hear the [that] Cousin Williams is at last got out with his Family:--I shall be glad to hear from them, and would write if I knew where they were. I receiv'd the other Day here, a Letter I wrote to you from London the 20th of February. It had been to New England, and I suppose your being not found there, occasion'd its being forwarded to me. I am, Thanks to God, very hearty and well, as is this whole Family. The youngest Boy is the strongest and stoutest Child of his Age that I have seen: He seems an Infant Hercules. I brought over a Grandson with me, a fine Lad of about 15. His Father has taken him to Amboy. You will be pleas'd with him when you see him. Jonathan Williams was in France when I left London. Since I have been here I receiv'd a Letter he sent me there: I enclose it for your Amusement; and to show to his Father & Mother, as it may be some Satisfaction to them, if they have not lately heard from him.

I am ever, my dear Sister,

Your affectionate Brother
B FRANKLIN


Dont go, pray Dont go"

[Printed first, and hitherto only, in Duane, Letters to Benjamin Franklin, pp. 62-66, and here printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. The bottom of each of the three pages of the letter is mutilated, and the missing words are here indicated by dots. Some

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