From Samuel Cooper Johonnot
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Nantes 27 Aug 1783. 5 o Cl. A. M.
I now acknowledge my Fault with Sorrow. However ’twill be a Lesson for Me & I have already profited of it.— I am going this Minute in a Barge to Paimbceuf thence to St Nazair, where the Vessel lies. We are now retarded by contrary Wind. The first fair Wind We weigh.1 Forgive the Shortness of my Letter as Time hinders Me from lengthening it. Be persuaded, Worthy Sir, that I am, with the highest Sense of Gratitude & Esteem Your repenting obliged humble Servant.
Sam’l Cooper Johonnot
P.S. Your kind Favour of 19 Inst. came to hand. My Compliments if You please to your Grandsons
Addressed: A Son Excellence / Benjamin Franklin Esqr. D.D. / Ministre Plenipotentiare des Etats unis / de L’Amerique prés Sa Majesté trés chre / tienne. / à Passy / près Paris.
1. In fact, the ship’s destination was changed to Baltimore, occasioning additional expense to BF. It did not sail until Sept. 16: Gouhard to WTF, Sept. 2, 1783; ****Johonnot to BF, April 21, 1784 (both at the APS).