[Printed first, and hitherto only, in Duane, Letters to Benjamin Franklin, pp. 151-152, with the third paragraph omitted; here printed entire from the manuscript in the American Philosophical Society. The "Friends from London" who had come to Philadelphia were Mrs. Mary (Polly) Hewson and her children. Jonathan Williams lived in Ann (now North) Street, about a mile away from Jane Mecom's house.]
Boston Decr 17--1786
My DEAR BROTHER
Mr Bradford has Just informd me of his going to Philadelphia to morrow morning. I would not let him go without a Line as I have not yet had opertunity to thank you for the charming Barrill of Flower you sent me. he is to take the Bill you Premited me to Draw,
I some times Seem to feel guilty at being so Expencive to you, but why should I; when I know it gives you Pleasure to make Every won happy: & I constantly real the Blesing, your Predictons concerning a hard winter are begining to be Verified in a formidable maner. the Snow has been so Deep & we no man in the House that we might have been Buried Alive were it not for the care of some good Neibours who began to Dig us out before we were up in the morning, & cousen Williams came Puffing, & Sweating, as soon as it was Posable to see how we were & if we wanted any thing, but thank God we had no want of any thing Nesesary if we had been Shutt up a fortnight. Except milk--
My Daughters Gout, or Rhumitism or what Ever it is, has not Left her yet; but She can Just hobble about the chamber, She desi[res] her Duty to you.
I want much to know if you were so Luckey as to git yr New Apartments covered in before the hard wether, I think it could not be before you had the Agreable Addition to your Famely of some of your Friends from London, but we cannot Easely feel our Selves croweded with the company of those we Love, I think you feel your Self happy in the circle about you, &