Jane Mecom



Jane Franklin Mecom (1712–1794) was the youngest sister of Benjamin Franklin. Mecom and Franklin corresponded throughout the course of their lives, and some of their letters survive.[1] Though Mecom never attended school, she learned to read and write under the tutelage of Benjamin Franklin.[2] At the age of fifteen, she married Edward Mecom, a poor saddler who moved into the Franklins' family home, the Blue Ball. While it has been suggested that Benjamin Franklin gave Mecom a spinning wheel as a wedding gift, the historian Jill Lepore argued that this was a misreading of a joke made by Franklin in a letter to his sister.[3][4] Jane and Edward Mecom had twelve children: Josiah Mecom I, Edward "Neddy" Mecom, Benjamin "Benny" Mecom, Ebenezer Mecom, Sarah "Sally" Mecom, Peter Franklin Mecom, John Mecom, Josiah Mecom, Jane Mecom, James Mecom, Mary "Polly" Mecom, and Abiah Mecom.
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Quote 118 details Share on Google+ - Quote 118 Linked In Share Button - Quote 118 My rule in which I have always found satisfaction, is never to turn aside in public affairs through views of private interest, but to go straight forward in doing what appears to me right at the time, leaving the consequences with Providence.

Benjamin Franklin: Letter to Jane Mecom (30 Dec. 1770), Van Doren, Autobiographical Writings, p. 202

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My rule, in which I have always found satisfaction, is, never to turn aside in public affairs through views of private interest; but to go straight forward in doing what appears to me right at the time, leaving the consequences with Providence.




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