The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom

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therefore not very intelligible, call'd his Lady to help him read it. Between them they pick'd out the meaning of all but the y f, which they could not understand. The Lady propos'd calling her Chambermaid; for Betty, says she, has the best Knack at reading bad Spelling of any one I know. Betty came, and was surpriz'd that neither Sir nor Madam could tell what y, f was; why, says she, y, f spells Wife, what else can it spell? And indeed it is a much better as well as shorter method of Spelling Wife, than by Doubleyou, i ef, e, which in reality spells Doubleyifey.

Your Grandson is well and behaves well. The Family also is all well. There is much Rejoicing in Town to day, it being the Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, which we sign'd this day Ten Years, and thereby hazarded Lives and Fortunes. God was pleas'd to put a favourable End to the Contest, much sooner than we had reason to expect. His name be praised. Adieu. Your aff. Brother B FRANKLIN


"Thousands of Boyles Clarks and Newtons"

[Printed first, and hitherto only, in Duane, Letters to Benjamin Franklin, pp. 145-146; here from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. "Comencement Day" was at Harvard College. The "Clark" whom Jane listed with Newton and Robert Boyle was Samuel Clarke ( 1675- 1729), one of Newton's early disciples.]

Boston July 21 1786

DEAR BROTHER

you have given me Grat Pleasure in the short acount you have wrot concerning my Granson, for you not to Percive that he wants Either Advice or Reproff is a good charecter, but I percive you have some Exeptions to the Lose of your Advice & I flater my self I am won.

I am glad you have recd the soap & Like it I wish to know whither the first United as I hoped

I percive you have keept the 4th July very Honourably as well as Joyfully, we also observed as Usal but we had so Lately celebrated the opening the Bridge on Charles River being a

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