Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jane Mecom, [23 October 1767]

From Jane Mecom

MS not found; extract reprinted from Jared Sparks, ed., The Works of Benjamin Franklin, VII (Boston, 1838), 515 n.

[October 23, 17672]

Sorrows roll upon me like the waves of the sea. I am hardly allowed time to fetch my breath. I am broken with breach upon breach, and I have now, in the first flow of my grief,3 been almost ready to say, “What have I more?” But God forbid, that I should indulge that thought, though I have lost another child. God is sovereign, and I submit.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2So dated by Van Doren, Franklin-Mecom, p. 98, on the basis of BF’s later reference to a letter of that date, below, p. 344.

3Jane was lamenting the death of her daughter, Mary (Polly) Mecom (C.17.11), who had died on Sept. 19, 1767, at the home of a relative on Nantucket; see above, p. 279 n.

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