Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Jonathan Williams, Jr., 17 June 1780

To Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS (draft): American Philosophical Society; copy: Library of Congress

Passy, June 17. 1780.

Dear Jonathan,

I received yours of the 9th. We have applied for another Frigate besides the Ariel, but it cannot be had. My Instructions now are, after talking with Mr. Ross; Get on board the two Frigates all you can of your Clothing, which is to be prefer’d to Mr Ross’s Cloth; then estimate the Bulk of what Remains, with that Cloth, and other things belonging to the Publick; and if nearly sufficient to load another Vessel, and you can find one so ready that she may be fitted in time to go with the Frigates, you are to agree for her upon Freight, & ship the whole.

I do not understand M. de Chaumont’s Complaint, Funds as I am inform’d being lodg’d with his Banker to pay the Bills as they become due. Indeed I never understood why they were drawn on him at all. They might as well, for what I can see, have been drawn directly upon me.— Try if you can beat this Business into my head. I am ever Your affectionate Uncle


Notation by Franklin: BF. to J. Williams June 17. 1780 M. Chaumont’s Complaint not understood; nor why the Bills were drawn on him. Funds were provided.

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