From Jonathan Williams, Jr.
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Friday Evng. [April 25, 1783]9
Dear & hond Sir
I shall give you pleasure by informing you that the Washington Capt Barney arrived at Phila the 12 March.1 This Comes by a Ship arrived at L’Orient from Virginia which brings no other news.—
I suppose you know Mr Hardy is in Town.
I am as ever most dutifully Yours.
J Williams J
Addressed: A Son Excellence / Monsieur Franklin / A Passy. / Payez au Porteur 24s.2
9. The first Friday after April 24, the day Hartley arrived in Paris. JW had arrived at St. Germain on April 20, and was pleased to find his wife “exceeding well”: JW to WTF, April 20, 1783 (APS); JW to James Moore, April 20, 1783 (Yale University Library).
1. The General Washington had left in January: XXXVIII, 560n.
2. On the address sheet, Antoine Bret, editor of the Gazette de France, wrote his name and address: “M. Bret directeur de la Gazette Rue St. Laurant no. 52.” Beneath it BF wrote, “Medaille.” For Bret see the DBF; Claude Bellanger et al., Histoire générale de la presse fiançaise (5 vols., Paris, 1969–76), I, 198–9.