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Collection Reference Number GLC05508.003
From Archive Folder Collection of documents relating to religion and spirituality 
Title Benjamin Franklin to Jane Mecom concerning various matters, including his position as colonial postmaster, politics and books
Date 30 December 1770
Author Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)  
Recipient Mecom, Jane  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description 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."
Subjects Religion  Politics  Post Office  Women's History  Children and Family  Library  
People Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)  Mecom, Jane Franklin (1712-1794)  Ilive, Jacob, Mrs. (fl. 1770)  
Place written London, England
Theme Religion; Government & Politics; Women in American History; Children & Family
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information 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.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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