Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Jane Mecom, 19 June 1763

To Jane Mecom

ALS: American Philosophical Society

New York, June 19. 1763

Dear Sister,

We are thus far on our Way to Boston, and hope to be there in about three Weeks.4 I purpose to lodge at your House if you can conveniently receive me. Sally is now with her Brother at Amboy, and will be here in a few Days.5 If I can well do it, I shall bring her with me; and if you cannot accommodate us both, one of us may lodge at Cousin Williams’s;6 on second Thoughts, it will be best that she should be there, as there is a Harpsichord, and I would not have her lose her Practice; and then I shall be more with my dear Sister. I have seen Cousins Benny and Johny7 here, and they are both well, and the Children; I purpose to go again this Afternoon, to see Betsey,8 who was not at home when I was there. My Love to Brother, &c. I am, Dear Jenny, Your ever loving Brother

B Franklin

Addressed: To / Mrs Jane Mecom / Boston / Free / B Franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4BF, his daughter Sally, and his colleague John Foxcroft arrived in Boston on July 20, 1763.

5Sally had reached N.Y. by June 28; see below, pp. 305–6.

6BF’s nephew by marriage, Jonathan Williams, Sr.

7Jane Mecom’s sons, Benjamin (C.17.3) and John (C.17.7); John was working in N.Y. at this time as a goldsmith.

8Benjamin Mecom’s wife, Elizabeth.

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