The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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"My Proposal of a new Alphabet"

[First printed in Bigelow, Works, IX, 313, from the letter-press copy in the Library of Congress, and here printed from the letter actually sent, now in the Yale University Library. Franklin "Proposal of a new Alphabet" had appeared as A Scheme for a new Alphabet and reformed mode of Spelling in Vaughan collection of 1779. The grandson who presented his duty to Jane Mecom was Josiah Flagg.]

DEAR SISTER,

Philada April 25. 1786

I wrote you a long letter lately about the Soap, which I suppos'd to have become crumbly by means of Frost; and acquainting you that we had made some of the Crumbs solid again, by re-melting them with Water. I farther requested your Advice whether to re-melt it all, & in what manner. That you may better understand the Case, I send you herewith some of the crumbly Soap, and a Piece of that which we consolidated by re-melting the Crumbs. But since I wrote that Letter I find that a few of the Cakes which appear'd ready to fall to pieces, being set separately on their Edges upon a Shelf in a Closet to dry gradually, seem now to have become very firm; and I have therefore this day taken all out of the Box, and set them to dry in the same slow manner, perhaps they may all grow firm, and make the re-melting unnecessary.

I send you also with this, one of the Books in which is printed my Proposal of a new Alphabet, which you desired to see. I am, ever, your affectionate Brother

B FRANKLIN

Your Grandson presents his Duty

Mrs Mecom


"The most honourable of all our Employments"

[Printed first, and hitherto only, in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, XXVII ( 1873), 249, from a manuscript formerly in the possession of Josiah Flagg and his descendants and now in the New England Historic Genealogical Society. There is also a letter-press copy in the Library of Congress. The letter is here printed from the original as sent.]

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