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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Collection of documents relating to religion and spirituality
|Benjamin Franklin to Jane Mecom concerning various matters, including his position as colonial postmaster, politics and books
|30 December 1770
|Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)
|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."
|Religion Politics Post Office Women's History Children and Family Library
|Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Mecom, Jane Franklin (1712-1794) Ilive, Jacob, Mrs. (fl. 1770)
|Religion; Government & Politics; Women in American History; Children & Family
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Signer of the U.S. Constitution. As late as 1775, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was convinced that the issues dividing Britain and the colonies were "a Matter of Punctilio, which Two or three reasonable People might settle in half an Hour." But years earlier, his enemies were already trying to use their influence within the British government to get him dismissed from his position as postmaster, an effort he describes in the following letter, which was written while Franklin was in London. In fact, he was not dismissed from the post until 1774.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859