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Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners, 3 February 1778

Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes Feb. 3. 1778.

Honorable Gentlemen

I have been for several Days down to the Ship and left her at St. Nazare. I have done with both the French Ships. I beg you will please to apply for an order to wait in Quiberon ’till all the Ships join else I am afraid the Brune will be left.4

Poor Mr. Morris has finished his affairs in this world. I am much concerned at being absent, but every care was taken of him and all possible Respect paid to his Remains. I am with the greatest Respect Honorable Gentlemen Your most obedient Servant

J Williams J

The Honble The Commissioners of The United States.

Addressed: The Honble / The Commissioners of / The / United States

Notation: Jona Williams Nantes Feby 3. 1778

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The ship at St. Nazaire was the Deane, the French ships the Duc de Choiseul and Duchesse de Grammont; the order that JW wanted was to La Motte-Picquet, commanding the escort.

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