The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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to your boddyle state, but I Perceive by the News papers you are not to be suffered to Rest as long you are Alive, I was in hopes you would have Resolutely Rersisted all Solicitatons to Burden yr Self any more with the concerns of the Publick, & Flattered my self if I were with you I should Injoy a litle familiar Domestic Chit Chat like comon folks, but now I Imagine all such Attempts would be Intrusion, and I may as well content my self at this Distance with the hopes of recveing wonce in a while a kind Leter from you, & beleving you are happy with your other connections.

you mention yr writing to me Just before yr Departure from France I have not recd such a won the Last I recd from you was Dated Apr 12 which I mend to you Last Post, I am greved Ever since I sent it that I did not mention how much I felt my self affected with the Affectionat mention cousen Jonathan williams made of me in his Leter to his Father but I thought he would Emediatly folow his Leter & I should have the Pleasur of telling him my self, I Rejoice too at the Arival of yr two grandsons who I am shure must be very happy in being deservedly caressed by all there friends & old Acquaintance

my Daughter is still in the country but she Informs me she is beter, my Love to Mr & Mrs Bache and all the children from yr Affectionat Sister

JANE MECOM


"Kindnes of hart by Deads Express"

[Printed first, and hitherto only, in Duane, Letters to Benjamin Frank-
lin
, pp. 135-136. Duane printed

"I know your judgment as well as practice is,
Kindness of heart by deeds express"

as two lines of verse, without authority from the manuscript in the
American Philosophical Society, from which the letter is now printed.
A few sentences from the present letter were printed in Sparks, Works,
x
, 326n. Jane Mecom's "kindnes of hart by Deads Express" was a
reference to the line "Kindness of heart by words express" in her Uncle
Benjamin Franklin's verses sent her from England by her brother in
his letter of September 16, 1758.]

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