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To Benjamin Franklin from Jane Mecom, 17 June 1782

From Jane Mecom

ALS: American Philosophical Society

warwick 17 June—1782

My Ever Dear Brother

I wrot to you in october or Novr. Last from Boston to thank you for the grat present I then recd. throw the hands of young cousen Jonathan Williams,4 with wich I had no Leter from my Dear Brother nor have I recved any of a Later Date than two years ago Last march,5 since my Return home my time & atention has been fill’d with sickness & Deaths in the Famely in perticular that of my Dear Grandaughter Jenny who Died of a consumption has left three sweat babes won about too months old, a sorrofull Husband & a Distres’d Grand mother6 I Injoy’d sweat Peace in her Pleasant conversation & grat comfort in her Dutifull & tender atention was Pleased with the hopes of the continuance of it the Remainder of my Life but those comforts are Vanish’d & a care Devovled [devolved] on me that I find my self unequel to that of the children the youngist is at nurs but the other too Require some person more lively & Paitient to watch over them continuealy, my Dear child urged me Earnestly not to Leave them as long as I Live & tho I made her no promis I find the Request to be very Powerfull her Husband is Desierous I should continue with Him & treats me very Respectfully that I have no thoughts of Removeing at Present but circumstances may alter in Time I can’t Expect it to be other ways as he is a young man but my stay in the world may be much shorter, & Life becomes Less Desierable Exept I could find a capasety to be more Usefull which growing Infermities & low spirits Prevent, my Friend Greene Tould me she wrot you soon affter my child Died7 & I dont doubt she was more Perticular than I can be at Presant for my litle wons are Interupting me Every miniut & it is so hot I am not willing to trust them out of my sight, should not have wrot in such a hurry but at the Request of Gover’r Green in behalf of some Friend who is Prisener in England8 whome you may do more towards Inlarging than any won Els they call for the Leter & I can add no more but that I wish for the comfort of a leter from you & am under all circumstances your affectionat sister

Jane Mecom

I began this at the Govr’rs but was fetchd home to the funeral of my Gransons Brothers wife9 who died in the same house with us.

I Inclose the memerandom about the man

Addressed: Doctr. Franklin / at Paris / In France.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Mecom’s Oct. 29 letter is in XXXV, 666–7. For BF’s gift of textile goods to sell see our annotation of Catharine Greene to BF, May 8.

5This evidently refers to a short letter (now missing) written in March, 1780, acknowledging receipt of some soap. Recently, however, Mecom had referred to it as dating from 1779: XXXIV, 200, 424; XXXV, 158, 666.

6In the late fall of 1781, Mecom had returned to the home of Jane Flagg Greene, who died on April 6. Greene was survived by her husband, Elihu, and their children Sarah, Franklin, and Jane: XXXVI, 202; Catharine Greene to BF, May 8, above.

7Above, May 8.

8William Greene’s June 25 letter to BF, below, describes the plight of captive Ezekiel Durfey.

9Most likely Catharine Ward Greene (1752–1782), the wife of Elihu Greene’s brother Christopher (1748–1830): Richard K. Showman et al., eds., The Papers of General Nathanael Greene (12 vols. to date, Chapel Hill, N.C., and London, 1976–), I, 20n, 38n.

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