To Jonathan Williams, Sr.
ALS: Yale University Library
London, Augt. 11. 1772
I received yours of July 4. with the Bill enclosed of £200 for your Brother,3 which I deliver’d to him accordingly. Calling in here at the N England Coffeehouse,4 and finding this Ship just upon sailing, I would not miss the Opportunity of giving you this Information, tho’ I cannot now write to my other Friends.
It grieves me to hear that poor Josiah is in so bad a State of Health.5 But being young it is to be hoped he may weather it.
My Love to my dear Sister, and to Cousin Grace and your Family.6 I shall write to Jonathan per next Opportunity. I am, Your affectionate Uncle
3. For John Williams, the customs official, see above, XII, 193 n.
4. At 61 Threadneedle Street, near the Bank of England.
5. Josiah was dying of tuberculosis; see Jonathan, Jr., to BF above, May 29.
6. Grace Harris Williams was actually BF’s niece; she and Jonathan had a huge family, seven sons and three daughters.