Philada May 2. 1786.
I wrote to you lately by a Vessel, and sent you two Volumes of my Papers that they have printed in London. In one of them you will find the new Alphabet you desired.
Your Grandson Flagg is now with me. I give him some present Employment in Writing for me. He presents his Duty.
Temple is busy establishing his Farm, that which was formerly his Father's near Ancocus. He seems seriously intent upon a Country Life, which I much approve, as being the most independent, the most useful & therefore the most honourable of all our Employments. The rest of us are well and join in Love to you and yours. I should write to Cousin Jonathan, but that I am told he is coming here. My Love to that Family, and believe me ever
Your affectionate Brother
[Here first printed from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. The letter Jane Mecom had written before this to Josiah Flagg is missing. The "character" of her grandson she had sent Franklin "some time ago" was in her postscript of February 26 to her letter of the 21st.]
My DEAR BROTHER
Boston 3d May 1786
I had thought to send some more soap by this Vesel but I have it not yet quit reddy I however would not miss writing as my Grandson has Informed me he is with you; I am sorry you are as it were forced to bare the Burden of soporting my who! Famely, but I quiet my self with concidering on yr acount, that it is more blessed to give than to recive tho I think my self aboundantly Blessd as the Latter.
I think it was Disrespectfull in him to me not to ask my advice but as he has now desiered my Recomendation I will Inclose you his Leter to me wherin you will see the man as he is, & I can Add nothing to it as it contains all I beleve about him.