Benjamin Franklin Papers

Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners, 22 September 1778: résumé

Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners6

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Nantes, September 22, 1778: When I laid my accounts before you,7 I left the general one open pending its completion; I now send it, closed and settled, up to May 30, 1778. You will also find accounts of the arms magazine, invoice of arms repaired, and the general account from June 1 to September 10, with a balance in your favor of 7,386 l.t. 18 s. 9 d.8 I have subsequently received a bill for bayonet sheaths which, along with the articles at the bottom of the general account, leaves a balance of about 11,000 l.t. in my favor. I will draw on you for that amount and notify you. Duplicates of all my accounts have been sent to Congress.9 The Dispatch, Captain Barnes, which sailed from here on August 29 has been captured and carried into Guernsey.1>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII.

7See JW to the commissioners, July 17.

8Most of these accounts, beginning May 12, 1777, are at the University of Va. Library and are reproduced in Lee Family Papers, reel 3, frames 765–807. They were inadvertently omitted from the Editorial Note on BF’s Accounts, XXIV, p. 3.

9JW sent those accounts on Sept. 10 accompanied by a detailed narrative of his activity since leaving England, and a defense of his conduct in the face of Lee’s charges. APS.

1Grinnell had already reported the capture on Sept. 15.

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