Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Williams, Jr., 13 June 1772

From Jonathan Williams, Jr.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Boston June 13, 1772

Dear and honoured Sir

The Bearer hereof Mr. Adam Winthrop is son to Doctr Winthrop of Cambridge, who you are so well acquainted with, that I need say nothing of the Connection.6 But with regard to this Gentleman, he is an intimate acquaintance of mine, and a person for whom I have a very great Esteem, therefore beg leave to reccomend him to your Civilities.

Mr. Bancroft’s Stay here was so Short that, I had not the pleasure of his Company so long as I wished.7 I am Your dutifull and affectionate Kinsman

Jona Williams Junr

Addressed: To / Doctr Benja Franklin / at Mrs Stevensons In / Craven Street / Strand / London / favoured by / Mr Winthrop

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Adam Winthrop (1748–74) had run away to sea in 1768 shortly after graduating from Harvard. He subsequently became the master of the Lydia, John Hancock’s brig, and died at sea soon afterward. Lawrence S. Mayo, The Winthrop Family in America (Boston, 1948), pp. 230–3.

7This reference was our first inkling that BF’s new protégé, Edward Bancroft (above, XVI, 224 n), came to America in 1772. He crossed in company with William Story (above, XVIII, 223 n), and after a seven-week voyage landed in Boston in early June. Mass. Gaz. and Boston Weekly News-Letter, June 11, 1772. Why he came or where he went from Boston we have no idea, but he was back in England by autumn: Mary Hewson to BF below, Oct. 22.

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