Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Jonathan Williams, 16 October 1755

To Jonathan Williams3

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Philada. Oct. 16. 1755

Dear Cousin

I sent you last Week per Capt. Dole 92 Reams of Demi Printing Paper, best, in two Cases, and 98 Ream of brown; which I hope will come safe to hand, and to a good Market. The Printing Paper to be sold at 15s. and the Brown at 6s. this Currency, the lowest.4 My Love to your Wife and Children. I am Your loving Uncle

B Franklin

[Crossed out:] P.S. I shall order Papers to the Ferryman you mention.5

Mr. Jonan. Williams

Addressed: To / Mr. Jonathan Williams / Mercht. / Boston / Free / B Franklin

Endorsed: Lettr: from B. Franklin Octor 16th: 1755

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Jonathan Williams, Sr. (1719–1796), Boston merchant, married Grace Harris (C.5.3), daughter of BF’s half-sister Ann. Sometimes confused with his son or his nephew of the same name.

4The account is printed in Eddy, LedgerD,” p. 125.

5Williams’ letter, here referred to, has not been found, but Ledger D indicates that BF received Williams’ account current on September 3. Ibid.

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