Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jane Mecom, 4 January 1779

From Jane Mecom

ALS: American Philosophical Society

warwick 4 Janr. 1779

My Dear Brother

I wrot you about a month past but haveing an opertunity by a young Gentilman of this Nabourhood who is going directly to France & desiers to be Introduced so for to yr Notice if he goes to Paris, as to Advice him to a good Scool where he may Larn the Language & perfect himself in merchants acoumpts, I would not miss it hopeing some of the many leters I write May reach yr hand I beleve I have hitherto been very unsuccesfull boath ways as I cant perswade my self but you have writen divers to me since mr. Simeion Dean came which was the last I recved,7 & I have heard of several of mine to you has fell in to the hands of the Enemie, when shall we be at peace that we may at least have the comfort of Each others leters which to me is grat. I do not pretend to say any thing about publick Affairs & as to my self I have mett with much troble & many mercys, I Injoy much helth & the same friendly Entertainment from the Governer & wife while I am hear, & the same at my Grandchilds which are blesings,8 there famelies are boath well & our friend Caty desiers to be remembred to you, her Husband is not at home. I write among so much noise & confusion that if I had any thing of consequence I could not Recolect it & will not atemt any more but that I am as Ever yr affectionat Sister

Jane Mecom

My love to Temple & Benny

I expect Mr Wanton Casey9 who is to be the barer of this to send for it as he is to sett of for Boston in the morning therefore have no other time to write

Addressed: His Excy Benjamin Franklin Esqr / Passy near Paris

Endorsed: Answd April 22.

Notation: Jane Mecome Jany 4th. 79

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Silas Deane’s brother brought correspondence from France and reached America in April, 1778: XXVI, 300, and passim.

8The governor and his wife are William and Catharine Ray Greene. Her grandchild is Jane Flagg, wife of Elihu Greene, who was Governor Greene’s cousin.

9Another Rhode Islander (1760–1842). Son of a successful merchant, he was sent to Nantes to study the mercantile business with JW. See Martha R. McPartland, The History of East Greenwich, Rhode Island . . . (East Greenwich, 1960), p. 257; and John R. Bartlett, History of the Wanton Family . . . Rhode Island Historical Tracts, no. 3 (Providence, 1878), p. 121. When BF answered his sister’s letter on Apr. 22, 1779 (APS), he had not seen Casey and concluded the young man had not come to Paris.

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