Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Jonathan Williams, Jr., 5 February 1777

To Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS: Yale University Library

Paris, Feb. 5. 1777.

Dear Cousin,

I receiv’d several Letters from you last Night, which I put into Mr. Dean’s Hands, who answers them.1 I forwarded yours to London; for M. Blount, some time since.2 Since you are likely to stay at Nantes some time longer, I enclose some Letters receiv’d here for you. [In the margin: I shall enclose the mention’d Letters in one by Mr. Lee.] I think a Connection with Mr. S.3 might be advantageous to you both, in the way of Business. Besides he is rich, and has handsome Daughters: I know not whether you can get one of them, I only know you may deserve her.

Mr. Lee, in his Way to the South of France, will call at Nantes. He sets out to morrow or next Day, and will take our Dispatches for America. I am, ever, Your affectionate Uncle

B Franklin

Respects to Mr. Gruel, Penet, Rumsey, Morris, Mounandoin [Montaudoüin], and Schweighauser, as you happen to see them.

Addressed: A Monsr / Monsieur Williams / chez M. Montandoin / Negociant / à Nantes

Endorsed: Franklin Feb 5 1777

1The answer is in the Deane Correspondence, pp. 71–2.

2BF may have already answered, in some missing letter, JW’s troubled inquiry in his above, Jan. 18, about how to handle his relations with Walter Blunt. If not, this was a curt way to brush the problem aside.


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