Benjamin Franklin Papers

Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners, 18 March 1777

Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes March 18. 1777.


In answer to my Express, Capt. Wickes informed me that he should set off the next morning for Paris: his Letter is dated the 16th.5

The inclosed was this day received from Mr. Lee under Cover to Mr. Shweighausser; please to deliver it.

Capt. Young still remains windbound. A Ship is arrived in the River from america, but as the Capt. is not yet come up we do not know from what part, it is supposed to be a Ship that sailed with the Brig that last arrived from Boston. Not having the Honor of any of your Favours since my last I have only to add that I am with the greatest Respect Gentlemen Your obedient Servant

Jona Williams

The Hon. The Deputies of the United States.

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Deane / a l’Hotel d’Hambourg / Rue Jacob / a / Paris

Notation: Mr. Wms. Nantes March 18th. 1777

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5The commissioners had received Wickes’s letter of March 5, with his advice about a cutter based on Dunkirk, and had summoned him to Paris to consult; see Clark, Wickes, pp. 179–80.

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