To Jonathan Williams3
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Philada. Oct. 16. 1755
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
[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
3. Jonathan 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.
4. The account is printed in Eddy, Ledger “D,” p. 125.
5. Williams’ letter, here referred to, has not been found, but Ledger D indicates that BF received Williams’ account current on September 3. Ibid.