The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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should do just as she pleased. I have often thought of your description of nurses and other necessary bodies in the country, since I came here. My poor child kept her chamber eight weeks, she herself thinks owing to bad management: it will be well if we can prevent it now with all our resolution: My poor daughter has been, almost all the time since I came, in trouble: her husband is now in captivity the fourth time since the war began, and she a poor low-spirited creature when any thing befals her. Remember my love to brave Will, and give dear little Sally twenty kisses for

Your affectionate aunt

JANE MECOM

Mrs Bache


"Father, Husband, Brother, & children"

[Printed first, and hitherto only, in Duane, Letters to Beniamin Franklin, pp. 94-96, with the passages about Benjamin and Peter Mecom omitted for the most part. Here printed entire from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. "Mr Williams" was Jonathan Williams Sr. and "Cousen Jonathan Williams" was his son.]

Warwick feb 14 1779

My DEAR DEAR BROTHER

My Self & children have all ways been a heavey tax upon you, but your grat and uncoman goodness has carried you cheerfully on under it, & we have all along Injoyed many of the comforts of life throw your Bounty we must otherwise have done without, it has pleasd God to diminish us fast & thereby your Expence & care of us you I doubt not Remember you had Ingaged for the soport of poor Benjamin in His deplorable state, He never could be keept in the place you Expected, but was wandering about till the Hessians took possession of Burlington, when he disappeared & has never been heard of since, this I informed you of soon after, but yr never mentioning it to me in Ither of the few leters I recved from you, I think it did not Reach you, it has now pleasd God to take poor Peter

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