Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 1 of 2] With His Most Interesting Essays, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings; Familiar, Moral, Political, Economical, and Philosophical, Selected with Care from All His Published Productions, and Comprising Whatever Is Most Entertaining and Valuable to the General Reader

By Benjamin Franklin

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they turned up the stool for fear of the apparitor; for if it was
discovered they would be in hazard of their lives. My grandfather
was a smith also, and settled at Ecton, in Northamptonshire, and he
was imprisoned a year and a day on suspicion of his being the
author of some poetry that touched the character of some great man.
He had only one son and one daughter; my grandfather's name was
Henry, my father's name was Thomas, my mother's name was Jane. My
father was born at Ecton or Eton, Northamptonshire, on the 18th of
October, 1598; married to Miss Jane White, niece to Coll White, of
Banbury, and died in the 84th year of his age. There was nine
children of us who were happy in our parents, who took great care
by their instructions and pious example to breed us up in a
religious way. My eldest brother had but one child, which was
married to one Mr. Fisher, at Wallingborough, in Northamptonshire.
The town was lately burned down, and whether she was a sufferer or
not I cannot tell, or whether she be living or not. Her father died
worth fifteen hundred pounds, but what her circumstances are now I
know not. She hath no child. If you by the freedom of your office,
makes it more likely to convey a letter to her, it would be
acceptable to me. There is also children of brother John and sister
Morris, but I hear no thing from them, and they write not to me, so
that I know not where to find them. I have been again to about
seeing ... but have missed of being informed. We received yours,
and are glad to hear poor Jammy is recovered so well. Son John
received the letter, but is so

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