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Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners, 20 December 1777

Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes Decemr 20. 1777.

Honorable Gentlemen

In expectation of hearing from you I have only at present to inform you that I am just returned from Painbeuf, and have had the pleasure of seeing as fine a Ship as any of her size in any Navy. I am in expectation of seeing Capt. Nicholson soon and if our obstacles are removed I shall soon finish the Expedition; the Ship4 is all rigged, Guns mounted and everything fitted. I have the honour to be very respectfully Gentlemen Your most obedient Servant

Jona Williams J

Addressed: The Honourable / The Commissioners of the / United States / Paris

Notation: Mr Williams. Decr. 20. 77.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The Lion, later rechristened the Deane.

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