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From Benjamin Franklin to Jonathan Williams, Jr., 19 February 1781

To Jonathan Williams, Jr.

Two copies:2 Library of Congress

Passy Feby. 19. 1781

Dear Jonathan

I mentioned the other Day the Affair of your Man3 to M de Renneval at M de Vergennes’s who informed me that I should apply to M. de Castries. I did not meet with him, & Billy goes out to day expressly to obtain his Order for the Release of the poor Fellow, which M. de Renneval assur’d me would meet with no Difficulty. I hope you will receive it with this, as he can send it by the same Post from Versailles.4

I hear the Ship is at L’Orient. Mr. Palfrey is coming out Consul General whereby I shall be eased of all Maratime Concerns.

I am yours &ca—

Mr. Williams

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2The one in BF’s letterbook is misdated Feb. 17.

3Mark Anthony, JW’s black servant. JW described his sudden arrest above, Feb. 9, letter (I).

4See WTF to JW, Feb. 20, below.

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