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Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) to Jane Mecom

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.003 Author/Creator: Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Place Written: London, England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 December 1770 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written to his sister concerning various matters, including stories of the threatened loss of his position as colonial postmaster, the difficulties he faces for expressing his political opinions, and sending some books Jane had asked for. Franklin comments that the books resemble the opinions of a Mrs. Ilive, whose "Solemn Discourse" attempted "to prove, that this World is the true Hell or Place of Punishment for the Spirits who had transgress'd in a better State, and were sent here to suffer for their sins in Animals of all Sorts."

People: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Mecom, Jane 1712-1794.
Ilive, Jacob, Mrs.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Religion, Politics, Post Office, Women's History, Children and Family, Library

Sub Era: Road to Revolution