Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Jane Mecom, 21 February 1768

To Jane Mecom

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London, Feb. 21. 1768

My dear Sister,

I received your kind Letter of Dec. 1.1 I condole with you affectionately once more on the grievous Affliction you have met with, praying God to make the rest of your Life more comfortable and happy.

I thank you for your Congratulations on my Daughter’s Marriage. She has pleas’d herself and her Mother, and I hope she will do well: but I think they should have seen some better Prospect than they have, before they married, how the Family was to be maintain’d.2

It is a little unlucky that the Business you are fallen into, happens at present to be in disgrace with your Town Meeting: perhaps you may think of some other less exceptionable if their Resolutions continue and are regarded by the Ladies.3 My Love to your Daughter, 4 and believe me ever Your affectionate Brother

B Franklin

1Above, XIV, 333–5.

2BF had written Richard Bache urging him to postpone the marriage because of financial difficulties (ibid., pp. 220–1). The young couple had disregarded his advice, however, and been married on Oct. 29, 1767.

3Jane Mecom had a small millinery shop, probably in her home; she had mentioned to BF that her business was suffering from the frugality resulting from the resolutions of the Boston town meeting of Oct. 28, 1767.

4The surviving daughter, Jane Mecom (C.17.9), who was still unmarried.

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