Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Sr., 5 August 1771

From Jonathan Williams, Sr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Boston augt 5th. 1771

Honoured Sir

I now enclose you the first per Exchange for one Hundred Pounds Sterling Drawn by Thos. Symmes on Messrs. Gardoqué & Sons merchants in Bilboa, payable in London, I Remitted you two hundred and Ninty Pounds before this in the Whole £390 to Reimburse the money you Were So Good to advance my Sons.2 I Shall allways Retain a greatfull Sence of your Generosity and kindness to them.

We are all well, Aunt Mecom Dined With us a few Days ago With a Large Company Mr. Foxcroft and his Lady &c. We are uncertain Whether our Sons and Brother are in England, Soposing Jona. to be Gon to the East Indies and Josiah and his Uncle Imbarkd for Boston3 if thay Should be Still in England We Desire to be kindly Rememberd to them, our Compliments to Mrs. Stevenson &c. My Wife and Children Joine in Love and Duty With your Dutyfull Nephew and Humble Servant

Jona Williams

NB The enclosd Letter of advice Please to forward. J.

Addressed: To / Doctr Benjamin Franklin / at Mrs Stivensons in Cravin Street / London / per Capt Cauzeno

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2For BF’s loans and the earlier payment see BF to Williams above, March 5, and the latter’s reply on July 12. Thomas Symmes was a Boston merchant; for the Gardoquis, who later furnished valuable financial aid to America during the War of Independence, see Samuel Flagg Bemis, The Diplomacy of the American Revolution (New York, [1935]), p. 91.

3He could not have been more mistaken. Jonathan had embarked for Boston; Josiah stayed until the following spring, and their uncle John for much longer.

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