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To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 6 March 1781

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

LS: University of Pennsylvania Library

Nantes 6 March 1781

Dear & Hond Sir

As the English News Writers have been endeavouring to hurt us by giving bad News, I think it my Duty to give you Copy of an Account contradicting their Publication which I received from L’Orient the 4th Inst & which I wish may give you as much Pleasure as it has me.2

I am with much Respect Your ever Affectionate Kinsman

Jona Williams J

I have forwarded this Account to Spain.
Honble. Doctor Franklin

Addressed: a monsieur / Monsieur Franklin / Ministre plenipotentiaire / des Etats unis en son Hotel / a Passy prés Paris

Notation: J. Williams Mar 6 1781

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2JW sent a one-page statement (University of Pa. Library) minimizing the seriousness of the uprising of the Pennsylvania line. It was based on information brought by a French lugger (undoubtedly the Aimable Elizabeth) that had left Philadelphia in company with the Duke of Leinster on Feb. 6 and had arrived in Lorient on Feb. 28.

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