Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Jane Mecom, 9 March 1773

To Jane Mecom

ALS (letterbook draft): Library of Congress

London, March 9. 1773

Dear Sister

I received your kind Letter of Dec. 30. and rejoice to find you were well. I may possibly have the greater Pleasure of seeing you before the Year is out[?]. I have desired Cousin Williams to give you the Money he may recover from Hall.6 I would only mention to you, that when I was in Boston in 1754[?], Brother John then living, an old Man whose Name I have forgotten, apply’d to me with a Bond of our Father’s of about 15 or 17 Pound if I remember right, desiring I would pay it, which I declin’d with this Answer, that as I had never receiv’d any thing from the Estate, I did not think my self oblig’d to pay any of the Debts. But I had another Reason, which was that I thought the Care of those Matters belong’d more properly to my Brother. If you know that Person, I wish you would now out of Hall’s Money pay that Debt; for I remember his Mildness on the Occasion, with some Regard.7 My Love to Jenny, I am ever, Your affectionate Brother

B Franklin

I have not yet seen Capt. Jenkins, but will enquire him out when I next go to the City.8

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6See the following document.

7John Franklin (C.8), a tallow-chandler and soap-maker, had been postmaster of Boston. Jane’s reply to this letter, if she sent one, has been lost; hence we do not know whether she could trace the innominate old man, but we certainly cannot.

8For Seth Jenkins, their relative, see Jonathan Williams to BF above, Feb. 15.

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