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To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 10 October 1781

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS: University of Pennsylvania Library

Nantes Octor 10. 1781.

Dear & hond sir

This will be presented to you by Mr Foster March Penny the son of one of my Friends in Boston.1 His Fathers Estate lies in the Island of Jamaica2 and He desires me to send this young Gentleman to London whence he is to embark for that Island. I take the Liberty of reccommending Mr Penny to your friendly notice while in Paris, and I request you to assist him with a Pass when he leaves it, he has been 2 years in this Country in order to learn the Language & some part of the Time he has been under my Direction here, during which he has conducted himself in a discreet prudent manner & thereby gained my Esteem.

I am as ever most dutifully & affectionately Yours.

Jona Williams J

Addressed: His Excellency Doctor Franklin / Passy

Notation: Jonathan Williams Oct 10. 1781

1Timothy Penny, who also knew James Lovell, Elbridge Gerry, and Samuel Adams: Smith, Letters, XIV, 31, 363, 370, 374, 382n, 466, 502.

2Penny had received congressional authorization to import produce from there: JCC, XIV, 671.

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