Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Jane Mecom, 8 December 1776

To Jane Mecom

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes, in France, Dec. 8. 1776

Dear Sister

I arrived here safe after a Passage of 30 Days, some what fatigued and weakned by the Voyage, which was a rough one; but I recover my Strength fast since my Landing, and shall be able I hope in a few days to undertake the Journey to Paris of about 250 Miles. If the Post Chaise here were as easy as the English, such a Journey would be no Difficulty. I hope you continue well and happy. Remember me affectionately to Cousin Jenney,4 and to Mr. and Mrs. Greene. I am ever Your affectionate Brother

B Franklin

You can have no Conception of the Respect with which I am receiv’d and treated here by the first People, in my private Character; for as yet I have assum’d no public One.

Addressed: To / Mrs. Mecom

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Presumably Jane’s granddaughter, Jane Flagg; she had married a relative of the Greenes three days before BF wrote. Above, XXII, 495–6.

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