Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Sr., 13 December 1771

From Jonathan Williams, Sr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Boston Decemr 13th 1771

Honoured Sir,

The Inclos’d Letter from Mr. Thurston Will give Some Idea of the Situation of your money if Hall finely fails. Mr. Thurston Circumstances I am told are good tho it dose not appear Probable that the money will be Soon paid.4 I am anxious for my Son Josiah Whose helpless Situation will we fear Render him too Troblesom to you and your Friends; as he is verry apt to grow Melancholy but musick and good Company must Divert him. The Bearer of this is Mr. John Maliquet Who was an Officer in the 29 But is now Left the Regiment and marred [married] our Neighbour and Friend Daughter; Speaker Cushing Neice,5 any Civilities Shall be greatfuly acknoledgd By your Dutyfull Nephew and most Oblig’d Humble Servant

Jona Williams

Aunt Mecom Dined with us this Day Desires me to Remember her Love to you &c. Our Love to our Son and Brother and Compliments to all Friends.

Addressed: To / Doctr Benjamin Franklin / at Mrs Stevensons Cravin Street / London / per favr of Mr Maliquet

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4For Samuel Hall’s debt, and his bondsman Edward Thurston, see Williams to BF above, Sept. 19. Thurston had recently tried to allay Williams’ suspicions that Hall was on the verge of bankruptcy, had promised to try to collect £60 of the debt, and had begged for patience with the remainder. Thurston to Williams, Nov. 28, 1771, APS.

5Josiah was studying music with John Stanley, the organist and composer—the blind teaching the blind. John Melliquette had been commissioned as an ensign in the 29th in 1762, and had recently married Hannah Newman, the daughter of Henry and Margaret Fletcher Newman; Hannah’s maternal aunt, Deborah, was Cushing’s wife. See Worthington C. Ford, comp., British Officers Serving in America, 1754–1774 (Boston, 1894), p. 71; The Manifesto Church: Records of the Church in Brattle Square, Boston... 1699–1872 (Boston, 1902), pp. 144, 149, 172, 246–7; Thomas B. Peck, The Bellows Genealogy... (Keene, N.H., 1898), p. 188.

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