or no Butter in their Sauces: for I have never once had the Heartburn since my being here tho' I eat heartily, which shows that my Digestion is good. I have got into a good Neighborhood, of very agreable People who appear very fond of me; at least they are pleasingly civil: so that upon the whole I live as comfortably as a Man can well do so far from his Home & his Family.
I was glad to learn by yours (which was dated December 16. 76. that your Son Calas was returned, and engaged in the Service of the Publick. I hear he was in France lately, I suppose he brought your Letter as you mention sending it by him; but he did not come in to Paris, and so I did not see him.--I wish him Success in his new Employment.
My Grandchildren here are a Comfort and Pleasure to me. I long to see little bold Will. Kiss him for me. In short I long to see & be with you all: But God only knows whether I shall ever be so happy again.
I am, as ever, my dear Sister,
Jane Collas to Benjamin Franklin
[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. The much-enduring Peter Collas, with whom this letter went to Franklin, sailed from Boston on January 14, 1778, on the Triton; but he put too much faith in his pilot, who told Collas that a British ship they sighted was an American privateer, was captured and taken for eight days to Guernsey, and then to Southampton, from which he wrote, on March 27, an account of his misfortunes in a letter to Jonathan Williams Jr., then at Nantes. The letter is in the American Philosophical Society. Exchanged with the help of Franklin, Collas went to France, and to Passy, where he conferred with John Adams on October 8. Adams, Works, III, 184. On January 9, 1779, Collas was still in France, at Nantes, but, as he wrote to Franklin that day, he had written to Jane Mecom to inquire about the making of crown soap.]